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“"Cursory Review" Author Chats about Pandora's Closet
January 13, 2009 6:44 PM
Hi there, this is Donald J. Bingle, the author of "Cursory Review" in Pandora's Closet. This anthology is all about cursed objects and the havoc they can engender in the mortal world. My story focuses on two worlds: the mundane world in which the cursed objects work their evil and the supernatural world in which such cursed objects are created. The great part about that kind of story structure from an author's viewpoint is that I wasn't limited to one cursed object or even one story of man's encounters with the dark forces of cursed objects--I could run several little sinister vignettes, from mildly irritating little cursed objects to the truly destructive, all against a background of a performance review in therealms beneath. Humor and horror can make a good mix.
A few readers have commented that they liked the false ending of the story more than the actual ending about a page and a half later. True tidbit for you, I actually wrote the story with the false ending as the ending, but then thought that adding the last portion made the story just a tad more unpredictible. I'm pretty sure I was right about that, butsome have found the new ending political. Let me know what you think. And, oh, by the way, you shouldn't read anything into the ending about my political persuasion. A good writer writes what is right for the story--not necessarily his own politics.
Speaking of which, I have a new novel just coming out which willprobably raise a few political hackles of its own, given that it is a dark comedy about global warming. That's right:global warming and comedy, together, likemelting ice andTitanic. I'll be posting about the new book soon (or go to for the full scoop now). Some will be amused, some provoked, and some will protest (a bit too much) that they are neither. Stay tuned for more details.
Donald J. Bingle
“Very good, I liked how these stories really wrapped up what happened in the original fairytales. For example, I liked how Technicolor showed what happened to Dorothy after her ordeal in Oz. ”Kisaki no Okugi, Mahou, soshite za Fumei wrote this review Thursday, June 18, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No