Study Guide

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Writing Style

By Lish McBride

Writing Style

Dark Comedy

The horror-comedy has been a unique subgenre of the horror film probably since Ed Wood, the King of Awesomely Bad Movies, graced the silver screen with his masterpiece, Plan 9 From Outer Space (Note: We use the term "masterpiece" loosely. If you don't believe us, check out the trailer). Evil Dead 2, Shawn of the Dead, Young Frankenstein, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show are just a few examples of movies that take classic stories of zombies, monsters, and mutants and infuse them with a little comedic genius (and music, in the case of the last example).

If Hold Me Closer, Necromancer were to be made into a movie, it would make a fabulous additionto this dark comedy movie night lineup. While it might deal with raising the dead, just imagine how scenes like Brooke's head coming in the mail, Ling-Tsu the Zombie Panda, and the epic battle of werewolves, lawn gnomes, and tiny flying dragons at Douglas's place would look on the big screen. This is some seriously funny stuff, guys.

Not convinced? Even the book's final line seems to point to the fact that we aren't supposed to take the story completely seriously: "My name is Samhain Corvus LaCroix, and I am a necromancer. Now, if only I could say that with a straight face" (31.111-112). Sam can't even take this tale completely seriously… and it's his freaking life.

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