“We all know the tropes of the story, are all formalists enough, by conditioning, that if X happens early on, in a Y setting, then we can guess at the Z coming in the third act. So what ghost stories nowadays need to do is to convince the reader that this is new, that this story doesn’t subscribe to the tried and true conventions. But then deliver those same conventions in such a way that the audience doesn’t see them coming. It’s not all easy, no, but it’s completely worthwhile.”—Stephen Graham Jones, who is both a supremely cool guy and a terribly underrated author, talking about ghost stories (but really, it could be any type of story - the nuts and bolts all fasten the same in most genres and subgenres).
“I don’t mean to insult, but are you an idiot?
Do you know who I am? Where I’m from? What I’ve been trained my entire life to do? I assume not, otherwise you would’ve brought a little more creativity to what I’ve deemed to be THE most pathetic death trap ever conceived by an “evil genius.” PLEASE don’t blink, I want you to watch how easy this is.
I’m Mister Miracle, you moron. Escape is always an option.”—Mister Miracle (if I wrote Mister Miracle)