A work mate smiled kindly at me yesterday and said, you really like that fantasy stuff don't you?
Oh my, I've let my slip show haven't I?
I've always been one of those odd ducks, you know the ones clutching the fantasy or poetry book. As a little girl I loved Poe (why is no one surprised?). I thought the Bride of Frankenstein was the most beautiful creature ever.
Why Monsters? A little pigtaled girl with her nose in Fangoria at the news stand (no one would buy it for me, if I was lucky I would get a Casper comic!)
I don't like modern scary movies (you know the ones) all gore, no wonder.
Then so eloquently, Mr. Gaiman sums it all up in a quote by Ogden Nash. When asked in this interview, "Why monsters?" He replies with the quote by Nash,
"When there are Monsters, there are miracles"
Which pretty much sums up why Gaiman's stories are so powerful. When I read his tales the characters and places are so very real because there isn't just dark and light but all sorts of gray. He does all this and yet weaves it with such care to the wonder ..miracle that beating heart of whatever beast he has awoken for his tale. Being a caretaker of monsters is no light task, he dares to walk the tightrope and you feel it in every story.
My wicked little "Snow White" drawn after hearing (and seeing) the Atlanta Raido Company perform Gaiman's "Snow Glass Apples" Hope she doesn't come knocking for treats tomorrow night!
pssst... here is the lovely interview with Mr. Gaiman below!