BARRETT FULLER’S SECRET: A cinematic journey to the dark side of success

BARRETT FULLER’S SECRET: A cinematic journey to the dark side of success

Posted on October 7 by Scott Carter
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*Today's Post is from the Editor of Barrett Fuller's Secret, Allister Thompson*

 

Scott Carter’s novel is his second trip to the murky underworld of the male psyche, the first being Blind Luck, which dealt with illicit, dangerous gambling and ruminations on the nature of fate.

This second novel concerns a famous children’s writer who extolls pure virtue while living a secret life of excess and depravity. Carter is questioning just how much we can really believe about the creative people who influence our lives profoundly but whom we never see in the flesh. This is mirrored in the subplot about Fuller’s nephew, who is dealing with his own appearance vs. reality crisis in his family life. Carter brings the two stories together beautifully and meaningfully.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Scott on both novels. Carter is a screenwriter as well (and a teacher!), and like another young Dundurn novelist who plies the trade, Liam Card, his style is spare, matter-of-fact, and gets right to the point at all times. The emotional impact can be quite devastating when the facts are bared with so little sentiment. Furthermore, this straightforward style drives the plot of his novels along with a relentless pace and no diversions into unnecessary descriptiveness or philosophizing.

It’s been a treat to work on a book that skewers some of the entertainment industry shallowness that even permeates the supposedly gentlemanly (and gentlewomanly) world of book publishing — when the financial stakes are high, it doesn’t matter how high-flown the product is, greed, ego and excess are always waiting in the wings.  

To my mind, in Scott Carter’s works we are witnessing the early steps of a major novelist with many more unflinchingly honest stories to come about the lies we tell ourselves and the way we deceive ourselves in a world where appearance too often trumps acknowledgement of reality.

Scott Carter

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Scott Carter

Scott Carter is an author and screenwriter. His first short film debuted at the Exploding Cinema Film Festival in Los Angeles. Since then his films have played in festivals across North America and his script The Unspoken Promise was written for Bravo! Television. His first novel was the critically acclaimed Blind Luck. Carter is a Toronto native who still lives in the city.