story origins

PYROMANCER – STORY ORIGINS

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I think diary entries and letters are great ways to tell a scary story. They are the found footage of literature. There is something terrifying in them because of their closeness to reality, their intimacy to the person who wrote them. The possibility that the events happened transpires a timeless terror: a revelation of a terrible secret, something hidden in our world. What is horror fiction about if not this?

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THE UNINVITED WORDS – STORY ORIGINS

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When I first read Clive Barker’s Books of Blood—only a few years ago, relatively late, but I always say that books don’t have an expiry date—the opening story that served as a setup for the rest totally blew me away.

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THE UNINVITED WORDS VOL 1 – AUTHOR’S PREFACE

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Originally, I wrote an author’s preface to the Uninvited Words Volume 1. It didn’t appear in the final copy because I thought it was a little pretentious to include it in a debut short story collection. But while I was going through my files, I stumbled upon it, and I still liked it, so I thought I’d publish it here.

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THE HORROR OF BOLOGORSK – STORY ORIGINS

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The Horror of Bologorsk is one of my most successful pieces in traditional publishing terms. It’s been published twice and earned me a semi-pro payment (if you think I could quit my job and live on the Canary Islands, think again — it was enough for the electricity bill, though). Which reminds of the following Stephen King quote: “If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.” Never fails to cheer me up.

It seems right that my first story-origins post is about this novella.

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