Teaching Notes for The Movie My Murderer Makes:
Use in the classroom to discuss: the significance of the murderer/narrator relationship; writing about film; writing about film-making; privileging emotional resonance over linear narrative; personal attachments; first-person narrative strategies; B-movie horror; genre play and formation; archetypes for death; short prose forms; unusual narratives; partnership; trickster figures.
Pairs well with The Movie My Murderer Makes Season II (forthcoming), Reports, Of Flesh and Fur.
The Movie My Murderer Makes by Christopher Shipman
At the edge of a bed or a carnival; at the edge of a wall or a lake: herein lie all the ways in which a murder could be choreographed, in which a movement or a machine can be named and perceived. This is the story of always being as if filmed. This is The Movie My Murderer Makes.How long has your murderer been following you? We won’t spoil it for you.
Christopher Shipman is the author or co-author of five books and three chapbooks, most recently a book of poems co-authored with Vincent Cellucci, A Ship on the Line (Unlikely Books 2014), Cat Poems: Wompus Tales and Play of Despair (forthcoming from Kattywompus Press), and a book of poems co-authored with Brett Evans, The T. Rex Parade (Lavender Ink, 2015). His poems appear in journals such as Cimarron Review, H_NG_MAN, The Offending Adam, PANK, Salt Hill, So and So, Spork Press, and TENDE RLOIN, among others. He lives in New Orleans, where he teaches lit and creative writing to high school kids.