anagram (noun): a word or phrase made by transposing the letters of another word or phrase

 

I love the idea of hidden or thinly veiled messages in novels – that’s why I enjoy narratives that are thick with symbolism, allegory, etc. One literary device that I don’t see too much of in contemporary genre fiction, however, is the use of anagrams, the jumbling of letters in a word to create a new word with a sometimes deeper (and oftentimes nonsensical) meaning.

 

 

After a little searching, I found numerous sites that listed some intriguing anagrams of historic literary figures:

 

Henry David Thoreau = A Very Hidden Author

William Shakespeare = I'll Make a Wise Phrase

Edgar Allan Poe = Pen a Large Load

Emily Dickinson = Income is Kindly

Truman Capote = Teacup Matron

Albert Camus = Macabre Lust

 

It got me to thinking about whether there were some kind of revelatory wisdom in the anagrams of my favorite authors’ names. I fed a few names of some popular genre fiction novelists through an online anagram generator and this is what I found:

 

Paranormal Fantasy Luminaries

Seanan McGuire = Sanguine Cream, Ceasing Manure

Nicole Peeler = Epic Eel Loner

Faith Hunter = Hath Fire Nut

Kim Harrison = Sir Monk Hair, A Rhino Smirk

Jeanne C. Stein = Eject Nannies

Kevin Hearne = In Here, Knave

Kelly Meding = Milky Legend

Marcus Pelegrimas = Clumsier Rampages

Richard Kadrey = Dark Rich Ready

Jennifer Estep = Fine Pen Jester

Mark Henry = Rank Rhyme

Sandy Williams = Mind a Wily Lass

Laurell K. Hamilton = A Killer Human Toll

Caitlin Kittredge = Legit Acid Knitter

Stacia Kane = A Cake Saint

Carrie Vaughn = Ravage Urchin

Natasha Rhodes = Hardhat Season, She Hard Sonata, Death Has Sonar

Kat Richardson = Dark Chains Rot

Jeaniene Frost = Jester of Inane

Cherie Priest = Creepier Sh!t

T.A. Pratt = Apt Tart

Vicki Pettersson = Spikiest Convert

Phaedra Weldon = Deadpan Howler

Justine Musk = Time Junks Us

Lori Handeland = An Android Hell

Nancy A. Collins = No Silly Cancan

Allison Pang = Paling Salon

Stina Leicht = Ethical Snit, Saltine Itch, Titan Chisel

Yasmine Galenorn = Eagerly Moans Inn, Ermine Nylon Saga

 

Science Fiction/Fantasy Luminaries

George R.R. Martin = A Merging Terror

R.A. Salvatore = Avatars Lore

Patrick Rothfuss = A Pitchfork Rusts

Cat Rambo = Macro Bat

Douglas Adams = Loud Mad Sagas

Paolo Bacigalupi = A Biological Pupa

Ken Scholes = Heckles Son

Michael Rowe = Hair Welcome, A Heroic Mewl, I Wale Chrome

John Meaney = Enjoy He-Man

Rio Youers = Rosier You

Jon Armstrong = Strong n’ Major

Thomas S. Roche = Horse Stomach, Chaos Smother

Jonathan Maberry = Any Abhorrent Jam

Saladin Ahmed = Handmaids Ale

Adam Connell = Lance Almond

Rhiannon Frater = Hater Ran For Inn

David Oppegaard = A Dapper Diva Dog

Keith Melton = Think Omelet

Kirsten Imani Kasai = A Seminarian Ski Kit

Bryan Thomas Schmidt = Madman Bitchy Shorts  

 

My conclusion? My search for hidden wisdom through the use of anagrams was largely in vain. But it was a highly entertaining way to spend a few hours – and the next time I see Bryan Thomas Schmidt, well, let's just say that I'll have a new nickname for him..... :smileywink:

 

 

Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. 

 

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Comments
by PhaedraWeldon on ‎04-15-2012 09:35 PM

Deadpan Howler...oh God. I gotta do something with that now! Awesome!!

by Kelly_Meding on ‎04-15-2012 10:13 PM

"Milky Legend." LOL!  These are terrific!  :smileyhappy:

by on ‎04-18-2012 07:24 AM

This made me laugh out loud. :smileylol: This is great, anagrams and author names. I will have to look for an anagram generator.

by on ‎04-18-2012 04:27 PM

You certainly  keep us on our toes Paul..This is terrific.Definitly need to find an anagram generator.pen21,

.A good game to play...Looking at the Authors names again..So funny... Many fit them well "lol   Must put your name in too.: )

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