Write a piece of fiction that fits the genre(s) of mystery, thriller, horror, or detective fiction. You may want to combine several genres.
Take for your themes the line between madness and insanity, between truth and fiction, between authentic and inauthentic. Can such a line exist, or is one person’s lunacy another’s genius?
Also include a cellar door, trapdoor or similar hidden room. It’s a common trope, so try to breathe new life into that idea.
Here’s some quotes to get you started:
Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence — whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound — does not spring from disease of thought — from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. – Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora
Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend. – Agatha Christie
“The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars. Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum.
“We all go a little mad sometimes… Haven’t you?” Psycho (1960)
The MYSTERY OF THE CELLAR DOOR Award
Announced: 17 Feb 2014
Submission Date: July 31st 2014
Long List August 10-31 3014
Short List: 1-14 Sept 2014
Winner Announced: 15 Sept 2014
Word Count: 2500 – 5000 words
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