The Academy: inspiration, Easter Eggs and References


There are probably a whole host of other works that have inspired and influenced The Academy. Creativity never happens in a vacuum, after all. However, these are the inspirations I was consciously aware of when writing.


West, Headmistress of the Academy, is named as a reference to the character 'West' in H. P. Lovecraft's 'Herbert West: The Re-Animator' and, later, the film adaption, 'The Reanimator'. Both stories are themselves re-imaginings of the Frankenstein tale.

Isabella is named as a reference to Bella Swan from the 'Twilight' sage.

De'ador Kilumal Ogrechoker is a play on traditional dwarfish names. I also wanted to embed a connection between her and Bea - Ogre killers.

Hemmings is named for Ernest Hemmingway. There is another allusion to the name when Chokey mentions that her brother is very 'earnest', which is a reference to 'The Importance of Being Ernest'.

Mistasinon's name contains a reference to Sinon, the Greek soldier who was responsible for tricking the Trojans into accepting the fabled wooden horse. As a result, Sinon is thought to be extremely two-faced.

Julia is named for the character 'Julia' in '1984'.


Hemmings' philosophy is inspired in part by Arthur Schopenhauer and also the Johari Window.

The ATU inspired the GenAm's Plotting system.

The Wind was originally referenced in Bea and Mistasinon's final conversation, but I edited it out for flow.

Julia references a line from Hey Bulldog when speaking to Mistasinon.

There is a reference to a creature from Magic: The Gathering.... but I can't remember where! I added it in during a rather 'well-refreshed' conversation with Jon, at his suggestion, and have since completely lost it!

Empty Shell [Protagonist] is the term used by T.V. Tropes to describe what, in The Academy, are the Redacted women.

The Cassandra Complex is a psychological term applied to people who "experience physical and emotional suffering as a result of distressing personal perceptions, and who are disbelieved when they attempt to share the cause of their suffering with others".