You know you’re curious about what goes on behind the scenes at an art museum. “Dark Side of the Museum” is a 71,000 word novel that has a pinch of paranormal and a dash of time travel concocting a deliciously outrageous read. Edgar is an objects conservator at an unnamed art history museum somewhere west of New York City. He is X-raying a just-arrived piece furniture and discovers that inside one of its finials the X-ray shows a metal box. He leaves the lab to inform the chief conservator of the find and encounters her in the hallway and is told “We need to talk.” Edgar learns he is being laid off to help the museum in difficult financial times. He decides to keep secret his find and discover himself what is inside that piece of furniture. Thus begins a surreal romp through the inner workings of an art museum and its cast of curator characters.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was media relations officer of a major art history museum and found its workings and personnel fascinating. It inspired this surreal look behind the scenes and allowed me to dabbe with the paranormal and a touch of time travel.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters are exaggerations of curators and whims of fantasy.
On Friday evenings, Sister Mary Margaret Frances O'Reilly visited the Museum, which stayed open late on that night whence it had become a popular place for teens and young people to take dates. Those of drinking age could patronize the cocktail bars that were set up and listen to dance music played over speakers and even dance, should they wish. So, no art need be viewed in this particular Museum interaction and Sister O'Reilly usually found herself alone in the room with the painting of St. John the Baptist by the hand of Caravaggio.
Sister O'Reilly had few duties at her nunnery, the Little Sisters of the Sorrowful Mercies. The Catholic nun had recently returned from a rather long stay at a place reserved for those deemed to have mental problems. Her particular mental problem became evident to her fellow nuns when she started talking rather too loudly and rather too often to Jesus. Her stay at the special place stilled those conversations and she understood she shouldn't bother Jesus anymore. She thought, though, St. John might talk to her.
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