Intro to 15 horror writers

It’s season 12 episode 137 of the Horror Addicts podcast! This is the very first time they’ve had a contest of this proportion, and man do I feel honored and lucky to be a part of it! This will be the first time my stories will be in circles beyond my closest friends and family…OTHERS will read what I write!

It’s an odd, very cool, and scary thought for strangers to read my words. It’s to be expected that not everyone will like what I put out there, and that’s ok. But I know that for those that like what I have to offer, you will not be dissapointed!

This will surely be a tough competition, but it’s been fun already. The coolest part of this episode, to me, is that every contestant’s 100-word horror entry story is read. No names are announced until after all stories are read, to give the audience a chance to judge each piece blindly, just like the judges have.

I thought Emz and Dan did a lovely job with this episode–I loved it!

Check it out and come join Team Patrick, now! 🙂

The link to the latest episode is posted below:

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/horroraddicts-net-137/

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The Next Great Horror Writer Contest

As of yesterday, I have been chosen as 1 of the lucky 14 contestants in the Next Great Horror Writer Contest! This will be a competition that lasts through October ’17. It will be a system where contestants are assigned a topic, theme, ect, to write about, and upon submitting their piece, will be awarded x amount of points from the handful of judges. At the end of the competition, the one with the highest score, wins.

I’m thankful and pretty excited to be a part of this. There’s only one way to win – by being the Next Great Horror Writer.

I’ll give it my best, and let my stories speak for themselves. At the end, only the judges can judge me (and you too, Reader ^_^).

The first assignment will be March 20th. My piece must be submitted two weeks after that. Time to write my ass off!

While you’re waiting for the first pieces to come in, head on over to their website at horroraddicts.net

They have plenty of treats for all your Horror Addict needs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Mt. Rushmore had 4 Horror author faces…

To say one author is better than another is merely about what YOU like better. You could make an argument that one author is better than another. Let’s say author x lacks in one field (may it be a simplified vocabulary or tends to be too wordy), where as author y’s story’s tend to flow better with straight to the point sentence structure. Author x is not necessarily a better author due to those things. It’s all merely a matter of opinion. If I were to replace the four presidential faces with my four favorite authors of the macabre, weird, and horror-filled worlds, I know exactly who I’d choose: Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. I will keep my reasons very short and to the point. 1) Edgar Allen Poe – he is indisputably the godfather of horror. Sure there were great authors, some of notoriety, in that genre, but Poe did it like no other before his time. His body of work consisted of poetry and tales that dove into the darker side of the human mind. Many times, dealing with a lost lover. Had Poe not been a contributor in his art, who knows where horror would be today. Forget about the mystery genre…that is of another discussion on its own! 2) H.P. Lovecraft – A man who is the Nikola Tesla of the horror and weird tales world. Lovecraft was a man who too possessed a great mind for his art. Lovecraft, the creator of the Cthulhu mythos, amongst many other notable tales, created something that went beyond this world…literally. Lovecraft painted pictures that went beyond what his peers were writing about. Lovecraft wrote about other worldly demons, lords of other dimensions. He has inspired many of our modern day greats, such as Stephen King. Lovecraft is relevant to this day, and like Shakespeare, I am quite certain he and the others I am mentioning in this blog, will remain popular as long as people are interested in reading good stories. 3) Stephen King – You MAY not like King (I do not understand how anyone could ever say that, even if you are not fond of what his is most known for, horror), but, you cannot dispute that Stephen King is amongst one of the living legends. I think it’s easy to say why he’s one of my favorites, but here are 3 reasons: 1) His stories are original and always exciting from start to end. 2) He has inspired not only god only knows how many authors, but film makers, and artists in other areas of the creative world, and 3) His collection of stories from novella’s to novels, to epic series…it is truly unprecedented. 4) Clive Barker – Clive Barker, when he was in his prime at least, was a writer who tackled his genre in a new light. A dark light. Clive Barker’s stories dive into a philological-depth. What I mean by that is, when I watch his movies, or read his books, I feel that if I were in the protagonists shoes, I’d be wetting my shorts the entire time. I find his work to be something that is unmatched by most. He is simply, a master of his craft. There’s dozens of reasons why I like these artists, but this is just meant to be a blog. Not a chapter in a book. I’d like to know if you agree, or if you’d take away one or two or all of my choices and replace them with someone else? And why?

Flash Horror

This story was initially supposed to be published on a website the beginning of this month, March 5th. Due to reasons unknown to me (the story was confirmed to go up on the aforementioned date), it never saw light. I felt I had no reasons to wait from it being seen. I simply want it to be seen.

The following story is a flash story about monsters. It was kindly edited by the very talented Duncan Ralston – again, I thank you sir, you certainly have a gift for bettering another writer’s story.

Enjoy…

Monsters in the closet

“Can I tell you something?”

“Sure.”

“I saw it, again last night.”

“You mean…” the second Young One began, but was unable to finish his question.

“Yes.”

“Wow. Did it say anything?”

“No, it just sort of…watched me from my closet again.”

“I think you should tell the Older Ones about this.”

“I can’t. They’d never believe me.”

“Sure they would!” the second Young One said, a little bit too loudly. The first Young One looked around, afraid that others may have overheard any part of their conversation.

“Keep it down would ya?”

“Sorry,” the second Young One said, looking around himself.

They were in the clear. Nobody seemed to be paying any attention.

“I’m scared.”

“Well,” the second Young One said as he gulped, “maybe I can stay over tonight. To make sure they leave you alone, for good.”

The first Young One nodded nervously.

* * * *

It was time to sleep. The two Young Ones were in the first’s sleeping area—which consisted of a resting bed, a closet, and a desk. The second Young One asked when it was going to show up.

“Just wait,” the first Young One said as he looked at a clock, hung by his resting bed. The clock nearly struck on the hour of ten o’clock. “Here, grab onto the blanket,” the first Young One said, as he held it out toward his friend.

“Why?”

“Because, once that thing sees me, I’ve always hid under my blanket. It’s always disappeared after I do that.”

“Oh…ok,” the second Young One replied. He grabbed onto a section of the blanket, and stared at the closed closet with his friend.

They waited in that position for a few moments. Through the threshold of the closet, they saw a quick flash of light. “It’s here,” whispered the first Young One.

Sure enough, he was correct. The door slowly opened. The two Young One’s gripped the blanket tightly. Fear rushed through their bodies.

They saw one set of eyes…then another. There were two of them. One head was underneath the other, like a very short totem pole. The first monster’s head was circular, with hair on the top. Or was it fur? It had two circular eyes, a nose…perhaps that’s what it was, in the middle of its face, a mouth under that. The two Young One’s weren’t quite sure what the heck was on the sides of its head. The second monster had similar features, only its skin was so dark that all that the two Young One’s could make were the large whites in its eyes.

The monsters in the closet whispered to one another. Through the half-way opened door, they peered into the sleeping area. The two Young Ones were in a state of paralysis.

One of the flesh-ridden monsters (the dark fleshed one with long hair) began to walk out of the closet. It was wearing a long white nightgown. On the nightgown was a fat man in a red suit.

The long haired monster was within a few feet of the resting bed, as the other stayed in the closet, watching. The two Young Ones entire rock-like bodies, covered in slime and spikes, began to shake uncontrollably.

The brown skinned monster spoke in an alien language. The language and voice didn’t sound sweet or innocent by any stretch. It sounded scary.

The two Young One’s paralysis was broken by the second Young One. He screamed at the top of his lungs. To the long haired monster and the one watching from the closet, the scream was terrifying. So terrifying that it ran back into the closet, screaming, then slammed the door shut behind it.

As the second Young One screamed, they pulled the blanket over their heads. Eventually they lifted the blanket. They saw an empty room with a closed closet, waiting for the two monsters to return.

For those that aren’t aware of this great horror author

I am by no means a book reviewer. However, due to this book not being as well known as a Stephen King, Clive Barker, or other mainstream book, I feel it is somewhat of an honor and pleasure of mine to help spread the word of Duncan Ralston’s Gristle and Bone.

This is his debut collection of 7 short stories. Below is my review, which sums up exactly how I feel:

To stumble across a new author is always something fun. But to stumble across a new author and fall in love with their work is quite simply an adventure! That being said, I randomly came across Duncan Ralston and saw the cover for this book – leading me to want to read it. With a price that wasn’t overly priced, it was a no brainer, not an impulsive buy, but a SMART buy. I was very satisfied with the book, from the first short story Baby Teeth, all the way to a small section (1 page after the last story) where Ralston shares a few words with the reader. I find that breaking a review down story-by-story is something that can easily spoil things for the reader. Instead, I want to wrap up how I felt about this book in it’s entirety, because I found that no story was lacking in the following: entertainment, pace, creativity, and the ability to give me, the reader, the ability to imagine everything that was happening. I love horror (that’s an understatement) and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre. The beauty of this collection is like any great collection of stories, each story doesn’t feel like a repeat of the story prior. I THOUGHT I knew what was going to happen at the end of each story, before I actually reached the end, but I was wrong every time (which I was perfectly fine with!). Ralston is a true storyteller. I compare his style of writing, diverse vocabulary, creativity, and delivery to that of H.P. Lovecraft, without the repetitiveness and over-sophisticated and forced vocabulary (not to knock Lovecraft, he is one of my favorites). Can’t wait to see what the next installment in Ralston’s bibliography is!

Check it out at the link below! Feedback is more than welcomed.

http://www.amazon.com/Gristle-Bone-Duncan-Ralston/dp/1499776764/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426707707&sr=8-1&keywords=gristle+and+bone

The Written Word is the Key

The Written Word is the Key…what exactly do I mean by that? Well let’s see. To me, actions certainly speak volumes to what someone says they will or will not do.

With that being said, applicable to literature, text messages, orally, social media, and so on…what you SAY shapes images in other peoples heads, even your own. What you say one day could be regrettable the next. Maybe you are in a very bitter mood and you want to write a status about it. Well, whether you delete that status or not, surely a few people will see it. Which will result in people forming images in there head about you and your character.

Perhaps I am incorrect and this sounds ludicrous to you. I don’t think that is the case. But my point to all of this is people DO remember what they read. Often, people will remember more times than not unique, odd, or things that touch hot-button issues.

This all leads me into my segment on the written word in literature. Words are what make up stories. They are the puzzle pieces, the pigment, the atoms, of stories.

Always remember, you can change your words to form a better story. Treat those pieces to your “big picture” with respect and thoughtfulness. Without doing so, chances are you are bound to have a story that many people won’t care to read. Never mind read through its entirety.

Isn’t that the goal when you write a story? You want to share it.

Of course it is! As humans, we want to share stories with others. Thanks to modern technology, we are able and allowed to share our stories to most places on this planet.

Use the technology, the pieces of a story, and your creativity to its fullest potential. Maybe you will touch someone in a positive way, who knows. But you’ll never find out unless you follow through!