Just a little update on what I have been up to. I have been continuing my advancement as a content writer for websites and my own blog. I also have been helping my lovely lady Kathy with her massage business and Kathy C. LMT is taking off like a rocket. I have begun a new phase in my career however that I am exited about. It was Kathy who pointed out that my ultimate dream is to be a full-time author and since that is the case, I should be working towards that too. I took her advice and I am.
I was reminded of a quote from Ray Bradbury that goes something like this, “write a short story a week for a year, it is almost statistically impossible to fail 52 times in a row.” Since I can fit it in to my day I will be writing a story a week and submitting each one at the end of the week to a different publication. My first one went out yesterday and it felt wonderful. It is a little horror story called Monster. It is my take on monsters under the bed.
You see, I love to write and for me it is not really work. It can be hard, and the research part is work, but the writing is playing with words and I can always have more of that. My main genre is fantasy, both horror and the mystical so I will be researching any and all online Journals and magazines that accept submissions. I also have some posted here under the tab writing with wolves writes, if you are curious. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them.
What better way to finish off a Halloween series than with the classic Dracula. There really is nothing to compare that has came out since. Vampire legends are in every country in the world and go as far back as recorded history, but Stoker took the European legends and solidified them into something that has been causing chills and thrills ever since. Many have tried to duplicate, spin off, or even completely change the legends of the vampire, (looking at you Twilight), but none have succeeded in the pure thrills and shivers that Stoker did with his masterpiece.
Whether it is in the beginning when Harker realizes he is a virtual prisoner in Dracula’s castle, or the final show down with the monster, the writing is such that you are there with the characters, experiencing the fear and loathing that they are.
Stoker uses the vintage style of diary entries/letters to tell his tale of horror and it is a favorite style of mine as a reader. Diaries and letters are personal things and there is privileged feeling of being allowed to read a personal writing of such importance. You know you are reading fiction, of course, but the personal touch of the journal style still has that effect. This style also enhances the feeling, mentioned above, of being there with the characters described. It is a wonderful way to make the story inclusive to the reader that is part of why this wonderful book has such impact and staying power in the world. As the saying goes, “often imitated, never duplicated.”
Thank you Bram Stoker!
Have you read it? What did you think?
Have you not read it? Why not? Scared? You should be…
Most people think about The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien and think of; war, good against evil, poetry in prose. Remember, however, Tolkien managed to create some incredibly shiver worthy scenes in his masterpiece.
The cries of the Nazgul, Ringwaiths if you will. These can bring chills down the spine and a glance at a darkened window to make sure you didn’t actually see a shadow there. Or did you?
For those who have issues with spiders, (myself included), Shelob, the horrific giant spider, in caves smelling of rotting corpses, moving her bulk toward Frodo, will sound off your warning bells and make you wonder was that your hair that brushed you neck or something more sinister.
Tolkien’s genius was such that amongst the grandeur and joy within Lord of the Rings, there is the darker side that makes you shiver and start at shadows in the most wonderful of ways.
How many times have you been creeped out by scenes in these wonderful books?
Do spiders bother you too?