Every up and coming author has probably had to deal with the subject of trying to get free funds to use to establish themselves. Getting such funds, also known as grants, can be somewhat of a challenge as I am figuring out for myself. All I can say is, just like everything else in my life, I will persevere. Sincerely, I truly want to promote literature with my material, wicked as it may be. And literacy as a whole. I believe it is truly sad how low the academic standards in my homeland of America have dropped since I was a child. I believe if I can achieve what I want to, I can at least cease this trend and promote horror at the same time. Two birds with one stone, if you will!
The following is an excerpt from my most recently completed short story 'Nemesis' I do hope you enjoy.
'A need was deep within him. A need that festered itself to those who have tasted the world's malice. From the time of his earliest youth, he felt himself mistreated, misjudged, and tormented by others. Although his outward appearances did not indicate his affliction, in his mind there was always the desire to have the world experience the cruelty it had bestowed upon him. Conventional means did little to assist him, for he had not the strength to fulfill his darkened wishes. But still, there was the belief. The belief that somewhere, out in the grand abyss, someone, or something, could.'
Finally, I have done it. I finished my 28th short story 'Nemesis' yesterday. Even though I went through all the positive motions after finishing it, I couldn't deny the fact that there were some strange coincidences. This story, along with the last five that I have done, took roughly about six months to complete. It was also very similar in length to the last five as well. Believe it or not, I do not plan for things to turn out the way that they do. I can't believe how many difficulties I had while completing this story, and just like the others, I wanted to quit several times. This story literally assumed a life of it's own while I was writing it. Before putting it together, I had no direction with it. So, to say that I'm amazed it was as good as it is, is definitely an understatement!
I am a horror fanatic as well as a writer. I consider my contemporary peers tame by my standards and hopefully one day, my works will set the standard! I have completed 31 short stories and have published 3 books of short stories. I have completed 3 novels, 3 novellas, and am currently working on a dark fantasy series. I write what I consider 'Elemental' Horror, borrowing from genre's such as Gothic, Gore, the traditional ghost story, and the Occult. Hail Horrors!!