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Like I said I was going to, I batted around various story ideas, and strangely enough, it was one I'd jotted down several months ago and never really thought about again that wriggled into the front and wouldn't let go. I didn't expect to get grabbed by something this fast--a most pleasant surprise! :D It's a stand-alone (as far as I can see) which I think is for the best until I find out if I can do the series thing with Possessing Lucy--that way I can write the whole thing and it'll really be done, no worrying about building up plot threads for later or that sort of thing. And I'm excited about both the plot and character possibilities, and the underlying, er, themes (I don't really like using that word--the real story under the plot, I suppose)... which is nice, because I struggled with PL for a while trying to figure out what it was really about, and this one, well, I just know.

The only problem is, I can't start really outlining (though I've jotted lots of notes), which means I can't really start writing, until I do some research. And this is an area I haven't really explored before. I've put a couple books on hold at the library which should come soon, and in the meantime, I'm looking to all of you! :)

Can anyone recommend books on demons or related beings? I'm looking more for the folkloric demons-as-nasty-supernatural-creatures perspective than the religious demons-as-tenants-of-Hell, but if you know a good one on the latter, I'm happy to take a look at it, too.

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lkmadigan
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, I only know of a funny book about demons: DEVILISH, by Maureen Johnson. Read it when you're ready for comic relief!
megancrewe
Jul. 25th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Funny you should mention that--I just read it a couple days ago (and it was a lot of fun)! Very different from my idea, though, thankfully. :)
seosaimhthin
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
I can't think of any books off the top of my head, and online resources seem pretty mixed between religious and folkloric (a real word?) demons. Amazon has stuff but you can never really tell which are good.

Wikipedia has a big list of demons from various mythological systems that might be a good starting point, if you've not had a look already:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_specific_demons_and_types_of_demons

Encyclopedia Mythica has a general folklore section, most of them malevolent:
http://www.pantheon.org/areas/folklore/folklore/articles.html

There's this list of English folkore, most of which are just plain creepy (the Apple Tree man?) and many of the terms are still used today - I'm sure I knew of the phrase 'dobby stone' without knowing what it was or where it derived from.

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/folklore/englishfolkapp.html

Might be good starting posts. I went with English folklore not just because I'm here and it's easy, but because I always found the stories delightfully earthy and dark.
megancrewe
Jul. 25th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh, these look great. Thanks!
robinellen
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
Just have to say, I really hope you get to do PL as a series :) I so enjoyed it and want to hear more from Lucy!

Yay on the new idea! I love that :D
megancrewe
Jul. 25th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
I hope it gets to be a series, too! There's so much more I want to do with her--and I rarely get ideas that have good series potential (where there can be several minor but fulfilling story arcs within one larger arc).

Thanks for all your encouragement! I really appreciate it--there's nothing better than knowing people have enjoyed what I've written. :)
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