Well I was wondering about how strange all of my favourite writers are. So I made a list of 10 of the strangest facts I’ve ever read about them. And as it so happens, the list got pretty strange as soon as I started writing.
- Sylvia Plath died in 1963 from Monoxide Poisoning when she put her head in the oven and left the gas turned on. She was found dead in her apartment while her children were asleep in the other room which was sealed. Sylvia Plath suffered from depression throughout her adult life. She is known for being vocal about her many attempts at taking her life although it is the last one that really left a mark.
This was a year after she separated from Ted Hughes. His then wife Assia Wevill also killed herself in the same way in 1959 along with their four-year daughter. Nicholas, the son of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes was found dead in his apartment after he hanged himself in 2009.
- Tim Burton was fired by Disney for making Frankenweenie into a picture that was too dark and depressing for children.
- For J.K. Rowling inventing Quidditch was actually her sticking it to patriarchy because it would mean a woman would’ve created the greatest sport ever known to man.
“It infuriates men…which is quite satisfying given my state of mind when I invented it.”
“I think he had genius and no talent”
“He can create characters but he cannot control them; he is obviously hampered by the difficulties of his technique”
- Benjamin Burnley, the lead singer/ song-writer of Breaking Benjamin suffers from a phobia of the dark, of flying and driving. He is a recovering alcoholic suffering from Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome. He is also suffering from Hypochondria. Due to his challenging condition the band has never toured outside of United States and Canada. Although in May 2016 they traveled to Europe by a ferry ship.
- Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg were a thing but nobody knows because Kerouac was always too drunk to write about it.
- Ernest Hemingway lost all of the writing he had ever done when a suitcase containing his manuscripts and copies was stolen in 1922 on his way to Switzerland. It was not recovered and he had to start writing all over again.
- American Literature owes a great deal to Edgar Allan Poe. His poem Eureka had predicted the Big Bang Theory.
- Niel Gaiman believes that his books or books in general have genders.
“Stardust, on the other hand, is a girl’s book, even though it also has an everyman hero, young Tristran Thorne, not to mention seven Lords bent on assassinating each other.”
And American Gods? “The book had a gender now, and it was most definitely male.”
- H. P. Lovecraft was best friends with the renowned magician Harry Houdini. He died in 1937 but had not headstone until 1977 which was bought by his fans. He would not go out in public in the daylight, something he did because he was an introvert.
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