“Ah, we men and women are like ropes drawn tight with strain that pull us different ways. Then tears come, and like the rain on the ropes, they brace us up, until perhaps the strain become too great, and we break. But King Laugh he come like the sunshine, and he ease off the strain again, and we bear to go on with our labor, what it may be.”
— Bram Stoker, Dracula
My study of monsters goes continually deeper, and deeper, and deeper. Currently I am reading Song of Kali by Dan Simmons, writing a (so far) unnamed novella revolving around the idea of the female monster, and creating an online writing portfolio that focuses specifically on my horror writing. Continue reading
“Perhaps, also, you will come to believe that real life is more singular and more fantastic than anything else and that all a writer can really do is present it as “in a glass, darkly.”
— E. T. A. Hoffmann, “The Sandman”
My publication in The Quilliad has become a pattern (to which I am not at all opposed). Last night they published my short story, “Just As Father Likes,” in their 2016 Halloween edition. The story is a modern retelling of “Hansel and Grethel,” originally written by the Brothers Grimm, and is basically everything you can expect from me at this point — strange children, old women, absent men who influence the entire action of the plot… Oh, and did I mention some horror and gore?
Happy Halloween, everyone!
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Now on to the story… Continue reading
“No, no — there are depths, depths! The more I go over it the more I see in it, and the more I see in it the more I fear. I don’t know what I don’t see, what I don’t fear!”
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
“Red” is a short horror story written for, and published in, the sixth issue of The Quilliad, a smallpress publisher of Canadian poetry, prose, art, and everything in-between. Last night I attended the launch party for the sixth issue in Toronto, and in the cozy, couch-filled second floor of betty’s on King St E I had the pleasure of reading this story for a small audience, along with seven other creative and enthusiastic readers.
Everyone, keep creating and giving yourself to art! There is an entire community of people out there who are continually sacrificing their time and energy in the effort to make something new and beautiful.
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Happy Halloween and enjoy!
Today, on This Dark Matter, my first short story was published. It is called “Jennifer April and the Mirror Eyes.” It is not very long, so if you have the time, give it a read. The story is technically horror, and I admit it is a bit creepy, but I promise there is nothing too nasty about it.
If you wish, comment below and tell me how you liked it!