“Paradox City” is the next story I wrote—or completed, anyway—after I finished the first draft of “Mark Red.” I say “completed,” because I actually began writing “The Chasm and the Collision” months before I started “Mark Red,” in apparent contradiction to what I wrote in my previous author’s note. But I had only written what were then the first and second chapters of “CatC,” which were eventually consolidated into one chapter, and had then put them aside. I also didn’t have them with me while I was a guest of the Florida State Department of Corrections. My mother, thankfully, had a printout of the chapters, and my intention was to complete that book once I had finished “Mark Red,” when I had worked enough of the rust from my writing gears. However, the chapters hadn’t arrived yet by the time I finished “Mark Red.” While I waited, I wanted to be productive and to maintain my daily early-morning writing habits, so I decided to write a short story. Continue reading
Mark Reed is an ordinary teenage boy. When he sees a woman being attacked, he rushes to help her, only to be stabbed by her assailant. But the woman he sought to aid was a vampire, and as he lies, bleeding to death in an alley, he sees her deal easily with her attacker. Then, unwilling to let him die because of the heroism of his actions, she saves his life…the only way she can.
The next day, Mark awakens to find that he has been changed in ways he could not have believed, potentially forever. Now he must hide his new nature from his family and friends, learning about his powers and the dangers they entail, and looking for a cure for his new condition. All the while he must guard against his nearly irresistible blood-lust, for if he should kill a human by draining their blood, he will become a full vampire.
And a full vampire can never be cured, even by death.
I’m writing this post as a brief note of apology, mainly to myself, since I doubt that it matters much to anyone else. I am, however, taking a slight break from writing “Unanimity,” and that goes against some general guidelines which I had previously laid out for myself. I do, however, have good reasons for that departure, and I’m not honestly worried that I’m going to get derailed from the plot of my novel. “Unanimity” has already survived a long hiatus while I finished the rewriting and editing of “Mark Red” and “The Chasm and the Collision.” It will weather this much smaller storm without difficulty, mixed metaphors notwithstanding.
The reason for the break is a joyous one: I’ve been seized with the plot of a new horror short story, and I want to write it and put it out on my blog before the end of his month.
The seed of this story arrived during the bus ride to Ohio to visit my mother for the last time. I’m not going to say much about what that trigger was, but it was something that I saw near a gas station by an exit off the interstate, well between major cities. I took a note down of it, thinking that it might be the germ for an eventual story, and finally, last night, the story blossomed. It’s definitely an October-type tale – good old-fashioned horror – so I felt justified in getting it written as quickly as possible. I’ve already got 2000 words down of the first draft, but that’s just the start. (I’ll try to keep it from becoming a very long short story, like “I for one welcome our new computer overlords,” but I’m afraid I can make few promises. The story is what it is, and must be told.)
I even have a tentative title, which I shall share with you, since it’s by no means any form of commitment; I may change my mind before the story is done. That title is, “Hole for a Heart.”
Halloween is my favorite holiday – my equivalent of Christmas, one might say – and for me, I’ve gotten my Halloween present early this year. I hope to share it with all of you soon.
Okay, I’ve been incommunicado for a little bit, but I wanted to let you all know that I literally just finished writing the first draft of my new short story, “Prometheus and Chiron.” It won’t be ready to publish for a little while, but since it took me so long to write (relatively speaking), I thought I’d let you all know that I haven’t actually dropped off the surface of the Earth.
The story took more time to finish than it might have because I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my back lately, and it hurts my concentration. As is often the case, I am doing my writing on the train to work, which only gives me forty or so minutes a day (plus waiting time, and I sometimes also work on the way home). I’ll be editing the story over the course of the next several days to weeks, and then I’ll publish it as I did my previous one, here on my blog. I hope you all enjoy it.
This tale is very much a horror story, and as is often the case with horror short stories, it doesn’t have exactly a happy ending. Still, I think it’s good…but then, I would, wouldn’t I?
I should be writing the occasional other blog posting here and there, as there are several topics on which I hope to expound, and I mean to get those entries out as well within the coming weeks, but I’m not putting them on any kind of schedule. Of course, once I’m done with, and have published, “Prometheus and Chiron,” I will go back in earnest to the rewriting of Mark Red, and thence to the rewriting of The Chasm and the Collision, so that I can finally go back to getting out my newest novel, and any and all stories thereafter.
So there is much to which to look forward, if you enjoy my writing. If you don’t enjoy my writing, I’m forced to wonder what the heck you’re doing here. Still, if you have comments or criticism, I do welcome and encourage them, even if they aren’t exactly positive.
Finally, I wish you all the happiest of holidays, whichever ones you may celebrate, and a very happy New Year (Gregorian calendar).
Hello all! I’m sorry there’s been such a delay since my last posting. In addition to working on writing my new novel, preparing the editing for Son of Man, and working six days a week on my “day job,” I’ve been preparing for that which I am now announcing: Welcome to Paradox City is now available on Amazon Kindle! This is a brief collection of three dark tales, at least one of which is verging on being a novella, while the other two are just rather long short stories. Though they are all “dark tales,” dealing with subject matter a bit too grim for daytime TV, one is a actually somewhat lighthearted, while the other two are…fully dark.
So, preparing that publication has been one of the things that’s slowed down the posting of the monthly chapters of Mark Red and The Chasm and the Collision. I’m also continuing to work on new material, and getting the editing of Son of Man done, and looking for a good cover design. It’s very busy, and I’m probably going to have to scale back to releasing only alternating chapters of Mark Red and CatC per month, instead of one each.
Welcome to Paradox City is available for only $2.99 on Kindle, and of course, 50% of the royalties will go to literacy charities such as RIF, as is always the case with works by Chronic Publications. The more readers there are in the world—and the more reading those readers do—the better off we all are. I’m convinced that this is an absolutely true correlation.
Hopefully Son of Man will be ready for publication within the next few months. Certainly it won’t be very long before the last chapter of Mark Red is published, though The Chasm and the Collision has quite a bit more to go. Give me your feedback, positive and negative. I can take it!
Above all, thank you all for reading and following my blog, be well, and keep reading.