>Night of your birth. Thirty-three. The Leonids they were called. God, how the stars did fall. I looked for blackness, holes in the heavens.
How do I wrote prose like this?
I've often heard it described as biblical. What exactly is biblical about it?
be a huge fan of paperback best-sellers, a handful of retail classics and esteemed literary talents like Orson Scott Card. Pipe in a loose reference system (include the tarot, some basic mythologies, &c) and a story that teases allegory into a word processor. Market as your 'darkest' work yet and wait for the paycheck and the call from Oprah
Write a novel, then revise until it's good.
OP. Forget what everyone in this thread is saying. Dick, Paradise Lost are appropriate touchstones for content. The key to the style of this book is Go Down Moses. Read it aloud and compare the two, and you will see what I mean.
That's clearly a rough draft but I find it oddly inspiring. It took McCarthy ten or fifteen years to write Blood Meridian, right?
People call Blood Meridian's dialogue 'biblical' because it conveys a certain sense of scale and grandeur even though the language being used is terse and cryptic. The Bible does that too; it's the expression of big ideas and the portrayal of immense things happening through beige prose that lends it an 'epic' quality.