Post by mauricebendrix on Nov 3, 2016 22:32:48 GMT
I'm hoping Ramsey can answer, as best he can, a few questions with regards to my favourite story of his, The Hands. I've reread it many times over the years and, with its themes of suppression and religious guilt and the trappings of religion, it's a story that speaks to me and disturbs me and recalls deep, dark things from my own past, but, like many of Ramsey's great short stories, at the same time I'm not really sure what everything means. The chewing nun? Her "flesh-coloured gloves". The rat that seems to be "dragging a long brownish object that seemed to be trailing strings"? Ramsey, if you're happy to, could you talk a little about the story for me? The ideas and the inspiration and about your need to write it? And about the imagery you chose. I'd really appreciate it. Its a story I find endlessly frightening and haunting and fascinating.