I like to align a lot of my writing with the seasons, since I take a lot of inspiration from nature. Spring is usually a challenge for me, as I prefer darker themes and imagery. How do you make sunshine and budding flowers scary? I might be able to take some tips from the upcoming slew of horror movies coming out this spring.
First up is Jordan Peele’s Us. The film is centered around a family on a beach vacation, and are confronted by terrifying, murderous versions of themselves. Following later in April is the long anticipated Pet Cemetery remake, The Curse of La Llorona, and Brightburn. All four movies seem to feature warm weather, picturesque settings, and children.
I can also take literary inspiration from some classic short stories. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is centered around a sunny room. And of course, Shirely Jackson’s famously unsettling The Lottery, detailing the horrifying tradition of a small New England town each June.
Strange Happenings This Week:
Wednesday, March 20– Celebrate the arrival of the spring with a full moon tonight.
Friday, March 22- Us, Jordan Peele’s much awaited follow up to Get Out, premiers in theaters.