Specifically, I recently heard the story of Ed Gein, and how it influenced the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I'm wondering if either inspired the story of the Chairmaker. Are there any citations of these, or other works, as influences?

  • This idea seems even more attractive when you bear in mind that Banks' original draft of Use of Weapons dates back to 1974 (interesting source: textualities.net/andrew-wilson/iain-banks-interview ), the same year as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film came out.
    – timday
    Commented Dec 26, 2011 at 17:33
  • "Cheradenine Zakalwe" by the way. Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 15:58
  • Ha! I was scratching my head on this one, and then looked at the edit history... looks like someone tried to fix it before, but neither of us had had it right... :)
    – mcw
    Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 20:16

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Actually, it appears that short story "The Form of the Sword" by Jorge Luis Borges may be a direct inspiration for the background plot of the "Use of weapons". Now, I have no way to prove or disprove this, but we know for sure that Banks was quite fond of Borges' work.


  • I can see the connection, certainly. Do you have a citation for Banks' fondness for Borges?
    – mcw
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 18:43
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    1. Multiple allusions to other works by Borges in Banks' works (this is frequently discussed elsewhere). 2. This FAQ entry: iainbanksfaq.co.uk/2008/12/…
    – oakad
    Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 3:56

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