WRITING, PUBLISHING, HORROR
The Horror O
When it comes to books and films, I avoid anything scary. So, why would writing horror be a good thing for me to do?
I ‘watched’ The Woman in Black with my eyes closed. I will never watch one of the greatest films ever made, The Exorcist (even writing the words gives me the heebie-jeebies). I won’t even venture into the horror section in a bookshop, lest I make eye contact with a scary front cover.
Sci-fi is more my wireless kettle of fish, so why did I choose to write horror? Create50 takes the credit. I began working on a piece for their Singularity50 project. I feel at home writing about technology and AI; it’s what I do for a career, what I read about in my spare time, it’s my first choice in
Yet, that’s where Create50 allows one to take baby steps. I dared myself to read a few other submissions from other contributors. OK, I thought, maybe I could do this…
When the content is scarier than the experience of writing, something has clicked…
The idea behind ‘Ingrowing’ is based on my own squeamish thoughts, and from the
I cobbled together a few drafts, took a deep breath and clicked ‘Submit’, waiting tentatively for any feedback. My girlfriend had already read the first draft. ‘I feel a bit sick’, was her feedback. After hearing the synopsis, my Mum refused to read it. I knew I must be on the right lines.
After hearing the synopsis, my Mum refused to read it. I knew I must be on the right lines.
Then the feedback came. I was delighted to hear I’d hit the right chords. The consensus was that the ending lacked gravitas, so I delved deeper into the distorted depths of my imagination. That seemed to do the trick and the excellent community of Create50 began to give me the confidence that I could do this.
Having ‘Ingrowing’ selected for Twisted Vol. 2 is my first published fiction – an absolute