Sometimes the Night Calls


I can tell by the way the wind is blowing that something is on the way.

I’m drawn to the window.  Pulling aside the curtain, the room is bathed in soft moonlight.  I open the window to the cool summer night.  The wind takes my breath as it caresses my face.  There is a scent of something unknown in the air.

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The Cursor’s Assault


The cursor skiddered across the page with deliberate purpose.  As it dragged me along for the ride, I watched in horror as it snuffed out his life.  It was merciless and I was unable to stop it.  The callousness with which it struck was appalling, yet I was forced to witness the brutality.  I was powerless to do anything but watch as the cursor concluded its bloody assault.

My heart is pounding.  My hands shake above the keyboard.   I add the final period, hit Enter and end the scene.

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson

Genres, More Than One?


Should I have more than one genre?

I’m working on a story/book that is either a Thriller or Horror story.  I’m not sure on that yet.  But I have Several other story lines in mind.

I have a story that is based on fact, but will be fiction.  Sort of a fictional American history story.   I have just scratched the surface of this one because it has required so much research.

Another story I have in mind is pure fantasy.

I do hope to be published one day.

So back to my question.  Should I have more that one genre?   Would a publisher even consider me if I dabbled in more than one genre?  An agent?

Life of it’s Own!


I’ve been struggling with a story for about 2 years now.  My friends can’t understand why I can’t finish it.

It has real potential, I know it does.  But I’m having a hard time with the direction the story has taken.

I restarted the story once, because the back-story of my characters was weak.  I think at that point, I lost momentum.   This second time around, the story has morphed into something very dark.

I had no intention of writing anything as dark as this has turned out to be.  If I continue with it the way it is, it is going to very, very dark indeed!  A horror story.

I guess I’m shocked that my “inner voice” is creating this!  I’m half-temped to start the story over yet again!

The basic plot and eventual outcome, the real meat of the story, I feel has real potential!

Do any of you have this kind of problem?  Ideas?  Suggestions?

Macabre


Why are we attracted to the Macabre?  Why is The Walking Dead so popular?  We love haunted houses, Halloween and the like.

My fascination with the macabre started at a very young age.  Before I was in my teens I read everything I could get my hands on about witchcraft.  I wanted to cast spells!  What stopped me was the threat of conjuring the devil or a demon!  Once I read that, I was no longer interested.  It scared me.

As a young girl, I loved poetry.  When I discovered Poe, I was hooked!  I didn’t seem to have a talent for writing the macabre the way Poe did, but I sure soaked up all I could get!

On Saturday nights, right after wrestling, I got to stay up late and watch the Thriller movie!  Who didn’t love getting the pants scared off of them by the Werewolf or Frankenstein, or The Blob!!

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!!  🙂

Then when I was just a little older Alfred Hitchcock movies scared me, but I loved them!  Remember The Birds?  Or Psycho?  Ooooooooooo!  Norman bates made my skin crawl!

Do you remember the movie Willard?  Talk about creepy!!

I love Stephen King’s work.  I’m not saying Everything he’s written is wonderful, but he’s had me white-knuckled and turning pages on many of his books!

Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein at the tender age of 19.

So what is it that draws us to the dark, scary, basement?  Why do we flock to the theaters to be scared out of our wits?  Why are vampires now, not only popular, but sexy?

Is it the rush of adrenaline?  Is it the unknown that we just MUST know?

So, my friends, do you read about the boogie man?   Do you turn out the lights for atmosphere during a scary movie?

Tell me, do you like to be scared?