Thursday, April 19, 2012

What is an anti-hero?

There seems to be some confusion over the writing term 'anti-hero'.

An anti-hero is exactly the same as a novel's hero, except he is made out of antimatter. The hero is made of matter.

If an anti-hero touches a hero, the universe blows up. There was a Star Trek episode that proves it. It featured the cute brother from 'Here Come the Brides' with a weird beard.

Blowing up the universe is usually a bad thing, unless you are the Doctor and are hanging out with Amy Pond. However, if you happen to have a hero and an anti-hero and just the right sort of jar, you should be able to channel the power of the resulting matter-antimatter explosion in such a way as to make a starship go really, really fast.

I'll bet the Mythbusters could do it with enough duct tape.

Don't touch him, he's antimatter!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Writing Prompt: Ghost Installers

Have you ever noticed certain businesses love their ghosts? They like the attention that comes when the alleged haunting at their business is included in a book or television show about hauntings. But what about those unfortunate businesses who don't have ghosts?

That's where the profession of ghost installer comes in. A ghost installer provides ghosts for a non-haunted location. The cheapest option is if you are willing to take just any ghost. The ghost installer will then find a homeless ghost--- perhaps one who haunted a building that has recently been torn down--- and install him at your home or place of business.

The more expensive option is when you want a specific ghost installed. For example, perhaps the owners of the Lizzie Borden house bed and breakfast fear the place isn't properly haunted. And what they really want is the ghosts of Andrew and Abby Borden, the two victims killed at the site, and/or Lizzie Borden, the alleged killer. Perhaps they would be willing to settle for Emma Borden, Lizzie's sister or Bridget Sullivan, the family maid--- both suspects.

The most expensive--- and likely illegal--- option is ghost hijacking. That's when a ghost that already has a haunting location is moved to another location for personal gain. For example, if some British pub moved the ghost of Kathryn Howard (5th wife of Henry VIII) from the Tower to their premises.

So: my challenge is this: How would you use the concept of ghost installing in your fiction?
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