5. Creation Anxiety in Gothic Metafiction: The Dark Half and Lunar Park

  1. Charles L. Crow
  1. Sherry R. Truffin

Published Online: 13 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch5

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

How to Cite

Truffin, S. R. (2013) Creation Anxiety in Gothic Metafiction: The Dark Half and Lunar Park, in A Companion to American Gothic (ed C. L. Crow), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671870

Online ISBN: 9781118608395

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Keywords:

  • creation anxiety;
  • The Dark Half;
  • Ellis;
  • Bret Easton;
  • Frankenstein;
  • King;
  • Stephen;
  • Lunar Park;
  • postmodern;
  • writing

Summary

The Gothic metafiction of Stephen King and Bret Easton Ellis focuses on author-protagonists who fear what they create because their creations are re-creations, projections of their creator's anxieties, some conventionally Gothic (the multiple/split self) and others specific to postmodern conceptions of subjectivity in general and authorship in particular. Considered in light of such conceptions and the postmodern focus on process over product, The Dark Half (1989) and Lunar Park (2005) suggest that the writing life is a Gothic trap. If the author is identified with his text, if he exists only in writing, then writer's block is the threat of annihilation, but so is the successful completion of the text. The writer, trapped in the process of writing, must narcissistically prolong the act of creation without regard to its product. Meanwhile, his neglected product or creation becomes a miscreation who, like Frankenstein's monster, comes back to haunt and menace him.