It’s December, and the end of the year is nigh. Outside my window, a new day emerges. The sky is gray with a promise of snow flurries. A few twisted branches, dark silhouettes in the morning sky, stretch like gnarled fingers outside the window next to my desk.
Though the morning seems dull and dreary and cold, I am on fire. The last few weeks have been an exciting time for me. My dreams have become concrete, and I’m moving past the procrastination which has plagued me the last few years. To paraphrase Shia LeBeouf, I’m no longer content to allow my dreams and desires to lie dormant and unrealized. The time has come to get out there and do it.
I’ve made several strong steps towards the accomplishing of my goals. Though I’ve been a member of Nanowrimo for several years now, there’s never been more than halfhearted attempts on my part. Until now. For the first time this year, I stuck to it and got up every morning to write for an hour or so before heading off to work. In the evenings, another couple of hours was spent banging away at my computer. Most weekends were spent getting my stories and ideas of stories down on paper. And I won. November 29th saw the completion of my task: I had reached almost 52,000 words. Score!
I’m excited about the coming year. Ten short stories are in their final stages, and they will be ready by the end of December for submission. Several first chapters of books have been completed, and I am steadily plugging away at them. Following the advice of many accomplished writers, I am building my presence in social media and developing “my brand.” In January, I’m also beginning a mentorship to help me build my new career as a writer. Suffice it to say, 2019 looks to be an exciting first year on my path to becoming a published writer.
This blog, Dark Trails Through the Twisted Wood, will be an exploration of the world of horror fiction. It will also be a chronicle of my journey.
Come, join me.
Several weeks ago, while checking out the Project Entertainment website’s list of podcasts, I came across Cosmic Shenanigans, hosted by Mary SanGiovanni, and quickly subscribed to it. The podcast promised to be an exploration of the cosmic horror sub-genre. Between then and now, I’ve listened to several of the archived episodes. One of those episodes dealt with a story written by SanGiovanni, titled For Emmy. She went on to explain some of the elements of the story and how it was a cosmic horror story. My interest was piqued and I stopped listening to the episode so as to avoid the spoilers which were upcoming. I then went and purchased the Kindle version from Amazon. (Slight spoilers ahead)
The tale was well worth the price. I found it to be a powerfully haunting story of loss and regret. SanGiovanni’s descriptions of the thoughts and emotions of the protagonist were powerful, and I felt sad for the main character and the choices she found herself forced to make by the end of the tale.
I have loved the stories of H.P. Lovecraft ever since I encountered his writing, and I found myself enjoying SanGiovanni’s story about equally. One difference: Unlike most of the stories I read by Lovecraft, rather than feeling a strong sense of dread and unease, I found the tale to be more of an exploration of the sadness and loss and regret felt by the protagonist. SanGiovanni delves deep into the hearts of the characters, laying them bare for our viewing. Lovecraft tended to focus more on the horror of the eldritch beings and the dimensions they come from in his tales, and while that element was present in For Emmy, the story focused much more on how the characters dealt with the other-dimensional beings and places they encountered, and what they did to try and cope with the newfound realization of the horror underlying their existence.
For Emmy was an enjoyable and powerful read. It was definitely worth the price I paid on Amazon, and reading the story left me wanting more. SanGiovanni is a great storyteller, and I look forward to reading more of her work. If you enjoy horror and dark fantasy as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this tale. Give it a shot!
Here’s a link to For Emmy on Amazon: