Literature & Popular Culture

Colin Cloud's 1968 collection 'That's Not What I Meant'Downbeat poet who produced numerous well-received collections, despite his poems being so complex that no one on earth was able to understand them – a fact which caused Cloud to have severe bouts of depression and pronounce himself a “misunderstood genius and cultural exile”. This changed one day, when he received a jubilant letter from an A-Level English student who had managed to glean some meaning from one line of an obscure poem published years before. Cloud promptly committed suicide.

Seamstress and fake psychic Joanna Jameson

19th century seamstress who claimed one day to be receiving communications from the ghost of William Shakespeare, and used automatic writing to set down a play which she claimed to have come from the pen of the bard himself. On examining the play, experts concluded that not only was it of an authentic Shakespearrean style, but was one of his most exceptional and technically brilliant works. A London run of the play was rushed into production, but was soon cancelled after Jameson unfortunately let slip whilst drunk that the whole thing had in fact been a fraud, and she had simply written the play herself. Disgusted, the drama community declared her to be a liar of the most despicable kind and promptly had her cast into the Thames. Several years later, a parlour maid named Elsie Stapleton claimed to be in contact with Jameson, and penned several plays whilst …

"WhO too rite! Good" by Jason FlemingAuthor of “Learn How to Write Books” so poorly written and incomprehensible that only the most patient of readers was able to decipher them. This is a shame, as those who did go to the effort found that the advice within them was actually extraordinarily helpful.