I didn't pick up my first book until I was nineteen years old, and having now reached the ripe old age of thirty eight, I think that I've made up for all those lost years by reading every single horror novel I could get my hands on. From Stephen King's IT to The Doll Who Ate His Mother, by Ramsey Campbell.
I've devoured them all. I can't get enough. Names of those authors became part of my everyday conversation, Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Richard Laymon, Robert McCammon, Bentley Little and Lisa Tuttle. It got to a point where I thought that I knew these people personally, and they all left a horrific taste in my mouth.
So a year ago I decided to try my hand at writing. What happened was that now I have a number of self published short stories and an 85,000 word manuscript which I'm currently editing along with a head full of many more stories screaming to get out.
I've never been one to take things too seriously but I will defend horror to my dying breath. I love reading horror almost as much as writing and hope through constant learning and feedback I can make the genre proud.
on May 27, 2013 :
By coincidence, I was watching the film "Harry Brown" just last week and this story starts out along a very similar path of that film, although it then veers off into a rather different direction completely.
The basic plot is sound enough for a short horror story, but it all seems rather flat, somehow. The thugs are blighting Winston's life, apparently, yet the one we meet in the story seems way too calm and compliant.
Although I understand why the author adopted it, I'm not convinced the first-person narrative is the wisest option for this story. Having Winston rather cosily reminisce about the events does lend a nice juxtaposition to the horror, but it dilutes a lot of the drama. For example, we're just told in passing that Winston almost had the life frightened out of him when he returned home to find one of the youths there. That, to me, is a situation with great dramatic and character potential that should be properly described in detail rather than just reference almost with a shrug of the shoulders.
There were several words which slipped through the spell-checker too, including one in the very first sentence, and "illation" used instead of "elation".
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