My Favorite Books as a Kid

I just did a Books I’m Reading post, but thought I’d do a little throwback and talk about books I loved as a kid. This took me back to memory lane a bit, but here are a few. Tell me your favorite books when you were younger.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Gosh. These books scared the hell out of me. I remember my older brother reading them and I’d get nightmares. I’d read these again if I could get my hand on a copy. One short story I remember in particular was Bloody Fingers and from then on, I was terrified of the closet.

The Beatrix Potter Collection: Tale of Peter Rabbit

I checked Amazon but it appears the DVD’s are only available. I’m sure the book series is out there somewhere. I hope so, because I read these constantly as a child. The illustrations were also well done.

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The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

I think every kid in my age group was crazy about this book series. The TV show wasn’t too bad back then either. Then again it was the 90’s.

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I’m probably missing a few, but these are the ones that stood out to me.

 

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Writing Update

This has been a good week as far as writing goes. I’ve been getting back in the grove and enjoying the process. Here is what I’ve been working on.

  1. My horror, short story collection. I’ve been self editing, rewriting and adding more content. It will be a short read with a few of my favorite pieces. This will likely be my first self published work.
  2. Reaching out to freelance editors to help with my short story  project. So far, it’s been difficult to find editors who will work on shorter works but I’m hopeful someone will assist.
  3. It Watches. This is a novella I’ve been working on some time. A previous post I discussed this, When a Short Story Becomes a Novel, it’s based off a flash fiction piece I wrote. This week I just figured out the ending, which helps me write the story faster.
  4. Having fun!

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Let me know how your writing is going. I love hearing about everyone else’s journeys.

 

Beware the Slenderman: Documentary Discussion

Do you believe in the Slenderman? Well, two teenage girls in Wisconsin do, so much that they attempted to murder their best friend. I watched the documentary, Beware the Slenderman, on HBO. I like watching true crime films, but find it rare to find one integrating the supernatural.

It’s not so crazy to hear about youngsters believing in something that isn’t real. As a kid, I believed in monsters in my closet and Freddy Krueger. Maybe I still do sometimes since I have a knack for the horror genre.

One thing I will say watching the interviews with the two girls, they really do believe in Slenderman. They believe they had to do the crime because their lives and families were in danger. If you watch the documentary, it’s chilling to see their responses and answers to the detectives questions. They discuss it openly and in a nonchalant way.

Overall, I give the documentary 3.5 stars out of 5.

Let me know if you’ve watched the film and your thoughts.

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No Service

This is a dark, flash fiction piece. 

No Service

Every week I dread it, the drive to pick up my son from his mother’s house. My son isn’t the one I despise. It’s my bitch of an ex and her new husband. They love to shove their new life and wealth in my face. Why else would they live in a mansion in the middle of damn nowhere?

The drive consists of winding roads with no streetlights for miles. Not to mention it’s two hours from where I live.

Stupid bitch.

She did this on purpose.

My hands turn to crank the radio but there’s nothing, just static. Not even one damn channel to listen to. At this point I’d listen to classical, it’d be better than the silence.

Night has already settled in, casting gloominess to my mood. I reach for the bag of peanuts and shove a handful in my mouth.

I round a corner, going faster than I should when something catches my eyes. Someone is lying in the middle of the road.

I swerve to avoid crushing them but the wheel slips from my grasp. The car is reeling out of control as I grip it tight and put it back center.

My feet slam on the brakes as the car slides to a stop. The fresh rain made the road slick and I’m lucky I didn’t drive into a ditch.

My breath is ragged as I calm myself down, thinking of how close I came to losing it. I breathe in and out, just like therapy.

I crane my neck backward, the body still in the middle of the road. Not moving.

“Shit,” I mutter.

I reach for my cell phone to call for help. I dial 911, but get the No Service signal.

“Of course,” I toss the phone in the middle console and step out of the car.

I approach slowly, creeping like a panther. “Hello? Hey Buddy!” I call out.

Nothing.

Silence.

Zilch.

The man’s face is crooked the other way. I kneel down to get a better glance and roll him towards me.

Shit.

It’s him. Her new husband.

Blood pools on the concrete.

He’s in a jogging outfit; someone hit him and took off. Not that I blame the culprit because he’s such an asshole.

“Shit.” I say again. My hands rub the back of my hand till it hurts.

His chest rises and falls, he’s alive. What should I do? There’s no way to call for help. If I move him I could do more damage, but I have to take him with me. It’s the right thing to do, isn’t it?

I mean, I couldn’t just leave him out here, in the middle of the road, dying.

Or could I?

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Books I’m Reading #4

It’s been a few months since I’ve done one of these, so here it goes! They are different genres because I don’t like sticking to just one. These are all books I recommend and enjoyed.

Harry Potter I know, I haven’t read the Harry Potter series. I never got into it but have recently read the third book. After reading each book I watch the movie. I’m way behind the times.

Sinister Entity by Hunter Shea– One of my favorite authors! I always enjoy his work and can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Goliath: A Kaiju Thriller by Russ Watts- I love a good monster story. This one didn’t disappoint.

The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis– I follow Aimee’s blog, this was her debut novel and she is a very gifted writer. If you enjoy fantasy you should check out her book.

Let me know what books your reading and recommend!

I Was So Close

Rejections. It happens trying to get published, that first publishing moment takes a while to get. Especially when I felt so close.

I submitted a short horror story a few months ago. The good news is I heard back and the editor said he liked my story. I was stoked! What? Someone liked my story and said it didn’t suck? Did they send it to the right person? There’s my name and my story title. They did! They really liked it!

It wasn’t a rejection. Holy crap! I better bust out the beer and drink to that already!

Fast forward to today, I’d been hoping for that email stating they’d take my story. Unfortunately, it got declined. Not gonna lie, it bummed me out. I felt so close to getting somewhere. So now it’s back to square one; keep writing and improving.

I debated whether I should make this post or not. This blog is about my writing journey and rejection is part of it. Sometimes a lot of it. So I’m going to share the lows and maybe someday I can write about the highs.

Now I’m going to get back to writing.

On Writing Horror from HWA

My writing craft needs a lot of work and there is a new book I can’t wait to dive into. I recently ordered On Writing Horror: A Handbook by The Horror Writers Association.

I am not a member of the HWA but hope to be one day. You don’t need to be a member to pick this book up. I ordered a used copy on Amazon for under five bucks and that included shipping.

I have skimmed the topics but so far they range from Developing Horror Concepts, Crafting your Novel and even Marketing. I will probably read a couple of sections each day and hope to gain something new from it.

Has anyone else read this book? What other writing books do you recommend?

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