Lets Know About the M.r.Carey
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Lets Know About the M.r.Carey

M. R. Carey left the world of The Zombie apocalypse from her Novel The Girl with all the gifts in favor of modern Pittsburgh, where the overcome mother Liz Kendall may or may not have a breakdown. Her recent experience with her motivated ex-husband ends with a surprising roughness, determined by her hands — but not by her mind. In the heat of the act, another personality seems to take control of Liz’s body and bodily repel her Ex-husband. So far, so good. But this other me who starts calling Liz “Beth” is not only protecting Liz and her teenage son from harm. “Elisa” likes to hurt people, she likes to bully them and she wants more. As Liz tries to determine if she is experiencing a Mental Break or if something Paranormal is happening, Carey explores mental illness, female anger and the secret of the inner life of the spirit in someone like me.

Perhaps their best-known work is their Zombie Novel, the Girl With All the Gifts – in fact, their most recent book was its prequel, the Boy on the Bridge, which they published last year. What makes you return to the question of mental takeover-in this matter, through an alternative personality instead of a Zombie parasite?


This is a powerful source of existential horror for me. I am much more afraid of losing the agency than most — and since many of my works contain elements of horror, I often feel these fears when I think about possible stories.

That said, I think someone like me is thematically far from the girl with all the gifts. In Girl, Melanie was overwhelmed by a part of her own nature that she didn’t quite understand — and the whole point of the story was to accept who she is and deal with it. Liz Kendall is in a very different Situation in Someone like me and has a different journey ahead of her. The monster she is facing is. . . Well, it’s not a part of her like Melanie Hunger. It’s more like a sleep option that suddenly sleeps less. However, you are right that the Browbeat looks the same in both stories. I didn’t realize that I’ve been to this well so many times!

Mental illness, especially in response to trauma, plays an important role in this story. To what extent have you researched real-life conditions similar to those of these characters and have you learned anything surprising along the way?
Without getting into the territory of spoilers, some psychological problems were more relevant to solving the story than others. I have read a lot, both about childhood psychosis and dissociative disorders. Less about post-traumatic stress disorder where I was able to draw on personal experience. I also used my own therapist as a Resource. He worked in clinical psychiatry for almost a decade before starting behavioral therapy, and it turned out to be invaluable.

I was relieved, but not surprised, to discover that the diagnosis of psychotic illness in a child is treated with extreme caution. To take the obvious point, it is so much more difficult to draw a clear dividing line between healthy imaginative play and delusional symptoms. Matures draw the line for you after learning to keep your imaginative life mostly private. It is the range of diagnoses that Fran receives in the Novel that Dr. Southern described it as throwing an arrow at a textbook would actually be an attempt to keep all clinical options open for as long as possible, rather than rushing to evaluate and aggravate his problems.

When it comes to dissociative identity disorder, I was a little surprised to discover how there are still disagreements about its origins and status. But just a little. I guess the notion of repressed memories, on which the diagnosis of DID often depends, has become a kind of minefield in itself. And the sensational management of Mr. Night Shyamalan’s health problem in Split probably did more harm than good in some ways. A change with diabetes when others don’t? No. It’s not a mental illness, it’s a miracle.

I tend to stick to the theory that considers that all psychological characteristics exist in a spectrum, so that the dividing line between what we consider normal and what we call pathological is not a line at all, but a broad spectrum. We never see our own mental health problems, but we are rapidly developing taxonomies for everyone. People are complicated. And fragile.

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