I’m angry. I’ve been angry for some time but what am I going to do? Take to the Internet and tweet in a phenomanly venomous fashion? Nah, that just begets more rage and makes me more angry.
I used to hold enormous amounts of rage. I was a misanthropic auteur who wrote nasty stuff. As I’ve got older I’ve mellowed. I’m still partial to cathartic depreciation of humanity, and I love a god horror or a good written elucidation of suffering… But I’m not the person I once was.
Wells Craven once said, when asked about his early work, that he didn’t know where we all the rage came from in things like Last House On The Left and Hill Have Eyes.
I look back at my early work, of which I have lots, and I feel the same. I was evil!
Okay, life has made me this way and my new book does deal with a killer plague wiping out humanity, but these days I’m all about a little more hope… Character development into love…. Some niceness amongst the quagmire of degradation.
One thing that gets me angry in the world, apart from people, is politics. I tried to engage once in the world of politics but found the vitriolic opinions and sniping vituperation of keyboard warriors too frustrating!
I’m a fan of context. Something newspapers and rolling news stations are not. There is so little context in the world that politics is now more like a WWE pay per view event where veracity and opinion is list in the hyperbole.
Matt Taibbi, writer of Insane Clown President, spoke of news becoming obsolete. We now purchase our news via opinions which validate our own. News is everywhere, twitter to blogs – BBC to Facebook, we can seek out the version we like and then broadcast it ourselves.
Truth is now impossible amongst perception fuelled by self righteousness and personal belief. We are so polarised now between left and right, rich and poor that the world is unable to find Middle ground. Calm conversation is impossible because that’s boring and the greatest reality show of all time – the news – is about ratings!
So more people are moving away from politics as they see no victory, same thing every time and no win for the average person. Trump, Brexit, Corbyn, Farage, Coalition… All these things in recent years have happened for a reason and that reason behind the extremity is the depth in which we need to explore.
Trump played the election like a reality TV star, the news lapped it up and, as his dual with Clinton descended into playground quarrels and childish shouting matches, the news lapped it up more and more!
It’s all nonsense and, in the end, do we benefit?
It was this anger which prompted my viewpoint for Tapeworm Slim 2. Write the apocalypse from two points of view.
A political behemoth – the capitalist Prime Minister who had no concept of humanity – and a broken nurse who deals with unimaginable stress and is tasked with leading a small band of survivors away from two killer plagues…
One is a virus and the other is a clueless band of politicians who simply don’t care.
The villain is the one who is elected to protect us.
Its all a way of making sense of the world, getting dystopian and spinning some satire on a world which I feel so disconnected with.
So I’m still angry… I’m still raging against the machine but I’m finding different ways of dealing with that anger and alternating motivations to plumb and pick from.
Tapeworm Slim 2 deals with the end of the world if it was left only to the political elite to solve. Remove the death and see only what our great leader sees… Write my perception of how I think a politician would deal with the most contagious pandemic in history.
It’s just another opinion on a devolving world… But it’s been a gas to write!!!
Whatever happens in Tapeworm Slim 2…. Rest assured we will NOT all be in this together!!!
Tapeworm Slim 2 lands in 2018… The claustrophobic first part of this story is on sale on amazon now.