|I truly hate the sit-back thing, but in case you don't, here it is.|
Don't worry about using the title, just look at this Bosch-esque tangle of characters, setting, and stuff and think: what the hell is going on here? Who are those dudes? What's with that place? What even? Every image has some kind of story behind it, and so I challenge you brilliant scribblers and yarn-spinners to tell me the drama that's unfolding here.
I won't pretend I did any really deep meditating on this idea, but the light-bulb popped up above my head, as they do, and I decided to go with it. Besides, as readers and writers, haven't you have seen a sweet book cover (by much better artists than me) and began to imagine for yourself what kind of tale is being told inside? I know I have! I'll never forget seeing Frank Frazetta electrifying cover to Lin Carter's “The Black Star” and thinking what a totally bitchin story must be taking place... and then years later I bought and read the book only to be massively disappointed that the story inside couldn't compare. That's pretty much the spirit I'm looking for.
One submission per participant. I can only read so much so fast.
Please write at least 3,000 words, or pretty close to it. There's no real limit to how long you can make it above 3,000 words, although I ask that if you somehow get so loaded with inspiration that you start a novel or novella or, like, really long short story, that you just submit the first chapter. If yours wins, the entire work will be featured.
The works will be judged on a number of criteria: readability, originality, creativity... and importantly: inclusion of things from the prompt. You could write me a story to rival Mark Twain and Poe, but if it has little or nothing to do with the prompt image then it won't win.
I know I don't need to remind you that your own original work is what I'm looking for and that this is to inspire creativity and fun more than a sense of competition... oh wait, I kinda did say it > o >;
Don't feel like you have to breathlessly explain every tiny detail of this picture. It's not a roadmap, more like a Rorschach test.
Right now we'll call the deadline February 1st 2015. I may change it later if it seems like a lot of folks need more time (let me know! Don't be shy!)
The writer of the winning submission will get a 1 year premium membership from me, an exclusive feature in my journal, and have their story featured in my journal and in my groups and ...and maybe a picture from me if you want?
The runner-up will get a 1 month premium membership, their story featured in those same groups and announced in my journal.
All submissions will be on display in a special gallery where hopefully people will read them and shower them with praise and faves! Either way, fun is what this is really all about!
Let your creative juices flow don't water them down! I invite you guys to go nuts on this challenge and loose any and all fever-dream madness that this picture inspires!
I'm the product of many influences. I am first and foremost a surrealist continuing the Surrealist tradition. Fantastic and Macabre art are also playgrounds of mine, pretty much anything that sends you into dreamland. I am a film buff and aspire to the cinematic. I'm not really into videogames, so any similarity between them and my art is likely a coincidence. My vision is both organic and deliberate. Come join me on a 20th century time machine.|
Current Residence: Olympia, WA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: whatever size hides fat
Print preference: the living artist in my residence to create unspeakable art with me
Favourite genre of music: blues, rock, hair metal, soul, glam
Favourite photographer: Man Ray, Vittori Storaro, Gordon Willis, Robert Richardson, Tonio Deli Coli
Favourite style of art: the kind that doesn't suck
Operating System: the circulatory system
MP3 player of choice: phonograph
Shell of choice: air freshener
Wallpaper of choice: human skin
Skin of choice: wallpaper
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck, Spongebob, MC Scat Cat, Muppet Babies, Me, Master Shake, SuperTed
Personal Quote: "I don't share opinions, I state facts."
Favorite Movies: The Trial(Welles), Night of the Hunter, Ikiru, M, Alien, The Last Tango in Paris, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Suspiria, Taxi Driver, Wild Strawberries, The Last Temptation of Christ, Nights of Cabiria, The Shining, Apocalypse Now, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Poltergeist, The French Connection, The Fury, The Fall (Tarsem), Bay of Blood, Duck Soup, In Cold Blood, etc...