Call for submissions: Shakespeare in Life, edited by Marissa Ames

Calling all writers: Missy Ames wants your best Shakespearean fiction! Stories about Will himself, or adaptations of his works into a different setting.

This can be defined in many ways. Maybe create a short story about a scene in Shakespeare’s life. Or take characters from one of his plays and write them a new story. Put a Shakespearean concept (or the man himself) into a modern day setting. If you’re really dedicated, write it all in iambic pentameter. But let’s go further than the high school theme, or even the modern-day love stories. That’s been done again… and again…

William Shakespeare

Cover of William Shakespeare

Interested? Follow these steps to join the ranks of Anthology Club and submit to this and any other active anthology project:
1) Follow this link to Anthology Club’s homepage.
2) Read up on how it works, then follow the instructions on the site to register and activate your account.
3) After receiving confirmation you are an active member of the group, click the Forums link to find forums for projects, project proposals, critique requests, craft-related questions, genre-specific discussions, and generic jive.
Any questions? Hit me up on the comments below. I’ll be glad to field any questions.


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American Horror Story: Asylum

With your eyes all painted Sinatra…black?

I’m currently watching the acclaimed American Horror Story: Asylum with my roommates.


I’m particularly interested by the use of the “Angel of Death” or “Dr. Heidegger” archetype in Dr. Arden. I want to examine his character in the following post.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was, to my knowledge, responsible for perpetuating the trope in American literature. “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” and “The Birthmark.” Before him, (to my knowledge,) it was Mary Shelley who introduced English readers to the scientist who pushes science into the realm of morality, metaphysics, and philosophy. Frankenstein, Heidegger, Rappaccini, and Aylmer. They are the four characters who make Arden possible.

You see, Art is a sadist. He likes his patients awake for his operations. No anesthesia. He likes his women to do exactly as he demands. He pulls the circuit to electrocute his patients. When talking with Kit before excising the probe in his neck, he goes on about how he could be jailed for his practices or worse.

Hello. Let’s forget about anesthetics for now. Enjoy.

Quite the pleasant scientist, eh.

After watching the first two episodes, I get the feeling this guy will have an ultimatum to face — and it will probably involve the sweet little nun with a demon inside.

I’ll keep watching.

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