Monday, 2 June 2008

Children's stories.. With bite!

Peter Pan and The Tunnel In The Sky would appear to rise from the same mythos. The fear of childhood abandonment and the rising strength of spirit needed to overcome that fear.

Graham Masterton and Clive Barker have fuelled the flames of my Horror Story furnace over the last thirty years. I have a love of pulp fiction and, whilst their jacket cover recommendations talk of 'Place amongst the pantheon of distinguished literary figures', 'The rightful heir to the reign of Edgar Allen Poe' etc, the appeal of both has always been due to accessible, easy reading styles combined with a good game of 'Hunt the Fairy Story'. Both writers books unravel beautifully and never fail to reach an expected but satisfactory conclusion. You can almost see the faint 'And they lived...' on the flyleaf. With the caveat, 'Or did they' on the backboard.

Here's my (probably wildly inaccurate) list of parallels.

Graham Masterton

The Djinn - Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Prey - The Tale of Tom Kitten (With direct reference to H P Lovecraft. (Now there's a combination!)
Night Warriors (series) - Any combination of Norse myths and Marvel Comics.
Flesh and Blood - Tales older than (but not exclusive of) Robin Hood, The Green Man.
The Manitou (series) - Rumplestiltskin.

Clive Barker

Weaveworld - Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Alice through the Looking Glass.
Hellbound Heart (Filmed as Hellraiser and the series) - The Tinderbox.
Cabal - The Changeling.


Sue said...

I like those links! Just as an aside - Manitou. Having seen Tony Curtis recently, I think the original casting was ahead of its time! They should also remake Rumplestiltskin with him in the lead! (apologies to all Curtis Fans - and wig lovers - he is indeed one of The Last Hollywood Greats....)

Richard said...

I just Love a good list!