The Haunting of Trisha
"The Haunting of Trisha" is another of my early stories. Written in the mid-eighties, it was inspired by the elliptical horror fiction of fantasists Charles Grant and T.M. Wright, two writers who I admire immensely for their ability to suggest much with deceptively simple prose. In their best tales, the fantastic elements are approached tentatively, all explanations ambiguous. I was trying for that same sort of thing in "Haunting," but, in retrospect, the approach was probably incompatible with the more concrete demands of weight gain fantasy.
When the story appeared in the November, 1989 issue of Dimensions, it was heavily revised. The nature of our heroine's haunting was more explicitly humanized, the time frame significantly revised. Several plot details (the results of our hero's physical, the fake nature of Anita's furs) were also eliminated. At the time I was put-out by some of the changes, but in many instances, the changes were justified: in writing quickly, I let some of my lines get away from me. Reprinting the story, I've returned the original plot elements, though I kept many of the justified line tweaks from its Dimensions appearance.
Like "Makeup," the story makes use of my love for psychotronic cinema, in this case, the drive-in sex bomb pics of the sixties: Anita Van Summers was inspired, in part, by Mamie Van Doren and Anita Ekberg, women who played a part in many of my earliest adolescent gaining fantasies. The divine Anita - who herself followed a course of weight gain not as spectacular as her fictional counterpart but still pretty impressive - was particularly in the back of my mind when I began the story. (Those wishing to chart her progress should rent "La Dolce Vita," the Fellini classic that showed her voluptuous hourglass to its best advantage, and "Gold of the Amazon Women," a seventies schlocker presenting Miz E. at her zaftig peak.) There's something about the growth of a famous mainstream beauty that fires the imagination of many FAs, and I'm no exception.
-- Wilson Barbers