The Vengeful Tendril
Copyright © 2015 by F. Ghazi
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Preface to the 2nd version
When I first published the original version of The Vengeful Tendril back in 2011, I remember feeling elated by a sense of true accomplishment. I had written a story that tackled prickly themes in an unconventional way, a blending of poetry and prose that was downloaded by hundreds of people online and was well received by my friends. However, with time, I came to reflect and realize that in many ways it failed to accomplish what I aimed to achieve with it. Going back through it recently I found myself revolted by some of the scenes I had written, to the point where I was unable to read much of the story’s final act. While my intentions were noble, my execution was flawed, and I now realize that I had grown removed from the horrors I tackled as I described them in nauseating detail.
I maintain that that themes tackled in the original are both relevant and sadly dismissed by significant portions of society. In re-writing The Vengeful Tendril, I in no way hoped to compromise my integrity as an honest story teller, or shy away from the more uncomfortable topics I was trying to explore. Rather, as I matured, I realized that there is a time and place to discuss sensitive topics, and that appropriate execution is paramount. In the original, I tackled sexual violence in a way that I now feel was insensitive despite my good intentions. It’s never a good sign when you can’t read your own work. With this rewrite, I exorcised the story of its most repulsive violence and instead honed in on the central points in a way that, while still abrasive and uncomfortable, will hopefully allow for easier digestion and make for a more enjoyable read overall. In the end, we seek out stories for entertainment and to expand the horizons of our mind, and this can be accomplished through violence and shock value… until a certain line is crossed. I feel I had crossed that line by miles, and have now taken the story back across to the safe side (though admittedly just barely), where the dark and perverse can be thought provoking and entertaining.