My Favourite Setting

Horror

Today I want to talk, briefly (cause I’m still sick and that sucks) about one of my favourite settings for a story.

The forest!

Now then, I have started by expressing how the forest os one of my favourite settings for a propper spooky story. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember, but when I tried to think about it I couldn’t for the life of me think why.

I mean I love the forest, I love spending brisk autumn weekends wandering around the forests, watching the trees changing colour, picking up nicknacks (a habit I started as a kid and have never broken) watching out for wildlife and being chuffed to all hell when every year there seems to be more and more (I saw a deer on my last foray into the woods, it was awesome).

But why then, if I love the woods so much is it my go to, best ever, location for setting a scary story?

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Myths: El Silbon

Myths

Today marks the start of a new series!

A lot of the best loved horror stories originate from myths, with that in mind I thought it might be a worthwhile exercise to have a look at the original, the myth and see how some of the horror stories we know and love have been changed. Also, I want to look at myths which, to my knowledge anyway, haven’t yet been adapted for a modern audience.

Today’s myth is that of El Silbon, which translates into English as The Whistler.

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CreepyPasta: Psychic Baby Project

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Creepypasta takes many forms, some are presented as third-person perspective stories, others are accounts from a friend of a friend of a friend who knew this guy, others are shown as diary entries. Today’s entry is presented as a thesis, though it morphs into an account towards the latter half of the story.

Today we will be looking at the Psychic Baby Project.

Also, to be clear this is going to be a summary as this is a long story and to reproduce it here in its entirety would cause multiple issues. Not to mention you should read this for yourself to get the full impact of the story.

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Pacing Your Story

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Pacing is important, this is probably a phrase that you’ve heard before. I know I certainly heard it several thousand times and knew it academically, but implementing this practically proved to be a bit of a challenge.

Firstly understanding what pacing was proved to be tricky, but in a nutshell, pacing is the speed at which your story progresses. There will be points where things happen quickly, points where it slows down a bit. The important thing to remember is that the speed must be reflective of the story itself. This means that having a fast-paced chapter should be an exciting chapter where the action happens, as opposed to a world-building chapter where things are established being fast-paced.

Today, I would like to share with you a few little tips to help you make sure your story is well-paced.

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Lovecraft is being made into films and I’m happy scared.

Horror

Being a huge Lovecraft fan I am both excited as Hell and nervous as Hell about the adaptation to film of some of the stories.

That’s right some!

It’s old news that The Colour Out of Space is being turned into a film, but recently the news broke that The Colour Out of Space is the first of THREE films. That’s right we’re looking at a trilogy.

The Colour Out of Space, directed by Richard Stanley is due out this year and is set to star Nicolas Cage has been hailed as been an adaptation that is more faithful to the original story.

“We had been hellbent on finding the Lovecraft adaptation that truly captured cosmic dread without the camp”.

Sounds good right?

But while I’m excited, I’m also worried. Lovecraft has a special place in my heart, to the point where I put it permanently on my skin, twice! So the risk that this might end up horribly wrong is a real concern.

How do you feel when your favourite stories get made into films?

Imposter Syndrome

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Today I want to talk to you about something that a lot of people across all walks of life will experience. The dreaded Imposter Syndrome, mostly cause I got slapped in the face with a big dose of this myself this week and a lot of my writer buddies who have any kind of success often speak about this.

What is imposter syndrome?

Imposter syndrome is the name given to feelings of severe inadequacy and self-doubt. Often these feelings will leave the sufferer feeling like a fraud and is normally experienced in reference to a persons work life, though can be experienced in a range of contexts.

It can affect anyone, regardless of their, experience or success. A number of high achieving people, including Michelle Obama, have claimed to have suffered from this.
While the syndrome has likely been experienced by many people since the dawn of humankind, it was first given this name in 1978. When Pauline Rose Clance & Suzanne Imes of Georgia State University penned the paper “The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention” which was the result of a long and detailed study.

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Awesome news!

Horror

I don’t normally post mid-week, but I got some lovely news that I had to share.

I sold a short story last year, it has been placed in an anthology and yesterday I received an email, they have a blurb from Owen King!

“This collection of ghost stories is fresh, varied, and entertaining. Perfect company for long a winter’s night.” — Owen King, co-author of Sleeping Beauties