September 28th, 2018

Golden Hair

Murder Most Foul

Murder Most Foul: The Killer and the American Gothic Imagination by Karen Halttunen

A study of the change in literature from the Puritan execution sermons -- which treated it as extreme sin, but nevertheless the logical outgrowth of habitual sins that just about everyone has, and downplayed both the crime itself and the immediate motive -- to the Gothic treatment, which went far more into individual motives, the gory and morbid details of the crime, and the treatment of murderers as alien monsters.  Various themes, such as murder within familes.
A Birthday

high-level outline

I may have to fall back and outline this story from a higher level. . .

Some locations that are problems that they know about -- a central locations that is the real problem, and which they learn about --

How many of the first do they have to visit? When do they make their discoveries? Who opposes their not checking them all if they conclude they have enough information to cut to the second? Given that they have been sent by authorities -- and they have used that authorization freely -- other characters can seriously crimp their planning.

Would a high level outline help -- higher than scene by scene? I would have to continue the scene by scene to make sure there's a story, but the structure on this one may need some help. sigh