Friday, December 05, 2014

Concept art for "The Doom That Came To New Sarnath"

Something fun for Friday, a storyboard from my poem, "The Doom That Came To New Sarnath," which first appeared in my collection DEMONSTRA. 

"The Doom That Came To New Sarnath" was of course inspired in part by H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "The Doom That Came To Sarnath" but in this case I wanted the poem to examine what might happen to a future city grounded in classical Lao traditions that had given way to corruption and vice. One of those notions being Lao folk law, which felt there were at least 14 classes of people and resources a successful city and kingdom needed to have. I wanted to examine what happened if all of them fell apart in one way or another all at once.

As a poem it works, but it would have to be radically reworked to make a good narrative short film or full-length feature. Perhaps someday, though.

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