What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?
Just gotta brag a little this week. Since releasing Free Five at Amazon over a month ago, it has managed to stay in the top 50 for Kindle Fiction Short Stories. Thanks so much to all of you who picked one up. Again, it’s the same stories that I have posted here, but I added author afterwords to each of the stories. They were almost as much fun to write as the stories themselves.
Next Friday, I’m pleased to be welcoming back horror writer Hunter Shea for a guest post on what he is calling our “Platinum Age of Horror.” Hunter is also back celebrating the release of his second novel, Evil Eternal.
But without further ado…
I was recently tagged by both Jonathan D. Allen and Jill-Elizabeth for the #luckyseven meme. If you haven’t seen this meme before at other blogs… well, I’d be shocked. In fact, I was wondering if I was going to be tagged for it, but as I don’t normally participate in memes, I wasn’t terribly surprised that it had been floating around so long without hitting me.
Anyway, the longer it stays out there, the more flexible the rules seem to get. But two things remain:
1- You’re supposed to go to something you’ve written (be in WIP or already published) and then post something to do with 7’s. Either your 77th or 7th page, then a 7th paragraph, or line 7, followed by 7 sentences or lines. Your choice of formatting will affect this, but…
2- (and this isn’t really a rule) it should hopefully be interesting. Because that’s really the idea behind this, right? Writers are always told to make sure to grab a reader with their first page, but what about those readers who pick up a book and flip to a random page. What if it was page 77 of a novel? Or page 7 of a short story? Or whatever.
I chose two pieces. The first is from a WIP. I normally remain pretty tight lipped about these types of things, but I was curious what would happen if I followed to the 7’s. Here it is.
He thought back on that moment every time he flew, but it carried more poignancy today. Daine Peterson would never touch the earth again. Today he would be released.
As the sounds of the aircraft hurtling down the concrete grew to a crescendo, just moments before it would lift away, Daine noticed that his legs were swinging above the floor. He was a child again. He looked down at his little body, the brown pants and white shirt with a clip-on brown striped tie.
The front tire lifted from the tarmac.
This second choice is from my recently released short, The Interview. Going by the whole rule #2 thing, had you read the description, you would probably guess that the character talking in this excerpt is blind.
“But the flesh hasn’t always been so cold under my fingers,” he continued. “I’ve felt the soft, supple skin of many women. Warm, alive, giving. You can taste the sweet smell of a woman from ten feet away, Mr. Kipp. They may try to hide it from you with perfumes or sprays or soaps, but each woman has a smell that unmistakably belongs to her. But they only give it to certain men. And so many of those men are blind to it.”
And I’m supposed to tag 7 more people. Hope I can find seven who haven’t already been tagged (if you have, here’s an excuse to do it again with another story 🙂 )
And now for a few words about The Cabin in the Woods.
Okay, most of you know me better than that, right? But I’ll try to keep it brief. Mostly because if you haven’t already heard, the best part of the plot is what you haven’t already heard. I had only seen the trailers. Some college kids going to a cabin.
Knowing it was from Joss Whedon (of more projects than I can list here, but most people are familiar with his hand in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series), I was guessing that the campy feel of the trailers was going to be more homage than serious intent. And there was something else. Literally. In between flashes of this cabin were scenes that appeared to be from a lab, or the military. Someone monitoring the kids at the cabin.
My first thought as a Buffy fan was The Initiative. If you are also a fan, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, it’s not important, because that wasn’t exactly right when it came to The Cabin in the Woods.
But I wasn’t far off on the homage. Except in true Joss Whedon style, he takes homage to mythic proportions and weaves it in with something altogether his own.
And reminiscent of some of the best Buffy episodes, he manages to create a great balance of horror and humor. Just when your wife is about to draw blood from your arm with her fingernails, he will relieve the tension.
I’m not going to say much more than the fact that if you are a horror fan, I believe you will also really enjoy this one. And even if you’re only an occasional fan, this is worth it.
However, for the latter, I have a little bit of a caveat. Triberr mate Marie Loughin made the following comment at Facebook:
“What is the gore level? I’m trying to figure out who I should take with me when I see it . . . (I tend to like implied gore better than seeing a big bloody mess on a 20 foot screen.)”
“Marie, you’re going to be seeing a big bloody mess on a 20 foot screen.”
So be prepared for that.
I did have a couple of very minor complaints, but they’re both wrapped up in spoiler alerts (and with a little consideration, I can understand why these choices were made) so I won’t go into them here. But if you’re curious, let me know and I’ll talk about it in the comments (with SPOILER ALERTS of course).
What do I want from you?
If you have the opportunity, please check out any of the writers’ blogs that I’ve linked to the #luckyseven meme (either the ones who tagged me or whom I tagged).
And have you seen The Cabin in the Woods? What did you think? As always, feel free to leave a link with your comments
Finally, don’t forget to check back next Friday for a guest post from Hunter Shea.
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