The real thrill of having a mad imagination is that I can actually make sense and use of a lot of what others may disregard as nonsense. I've no evidence to support that but it makes sense to me.
I've currently got a 10,000 word proof of a story about a man’s descent in to insanity through a largely self-induced solitude. What he sees as he crosses that line from sane to mad is pretty horrific and I'm enjoying playing with the situations that he finds himself in.
One particular element that I find fun is the injection of what I currently refer to as ’inhuman entities’. This is a deliberate attempt to avoid using the word monster but is essentially the same thing.
My inhuman entities are clearly inhuman but thus far I've not introduced any of them visually.
My character’s insanity is based largely on what he's heard and the additional affects of being accompanied by ’something’.
For example in one setting he hears a dull thud and a scrape. Silence. Then the thud and scrape repeat increasing in volume until he's convinced that whatever it is is right outside the door.
The door isn't shut but it's pushed to.
There are no other exits so he is faced with either sitting tight and hoping that whatever it is passes by / gives up, or, attacking the ’thing’.
I put him through hell whilst he deliberates and ultimately give him the confidence to grab a makeshift weapon and confront his tormentor. But there's nothing there. He looks around and finds no monsters. Not one. Somewhat relieved he leaves and that's when he discovers the distinctive claw marks in the masonry of the walls and more on the wooden staircase.
He's not mad. Something WAS there. More questions follow. Did it know of his presence? Did it simply retreat? Is it watching him now? In that scenario what's a man to think. Where on earth can he put himself to be safe?
All of this plays on the basic human notion that it is far better to confront your enemy. To see them and size them up. When you are faced with that amount of unknown it's always going to be hard to comprehend and process what you must do to survive.