Thursday, April 23, 2009

Best Of: "Snow And Sacrifice"

Well, that post went over badly, without comment and cue the chirping of the Internet crickets. Here's the same post linked to a different story-

It pains me to read some of my old work, though not exactly for the reasons that you would imagine. I can write with greater economy now and I've gotten better at building suspense, though that is not saying much at all. What really annoys me is that I can't write horror the way I used to. I can't up the stakes with horror in the same manner as I can with crime fiction, and I can't create a twist that I am happy with, and still have the story come out to more than 200 words.

Super Editor Katherine Tomlinson is sitting on a horror story that I wrote for Astonishing Adventures Magazine, that you will probably never read unless I become famous. That story has a strong premise, a decent beginning and not much else. It's all sizzle and somehow the remaining steak turned into really mediocre tempeh. I have an old story that deserves another go, and hopefully you will read it in the next three months.

In the meantime, let this tie you over. It's called "Snow And Sacrifice" and please note, this was originally written back in June, 2006, so some aspects of the story are a little dated.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you "Snow And Sacrifice" and please, don't ride the white horse.


Paul Brazill said...

I think it's really good. It needs updating and the ending could do with a bit more punch but very, very good. I think you should send it to Thrillers, killers n Chillers. why not? I'm sure Col would be pleased.

Katie Schwartz said...

I'm clicking over to read it, after I read the latest dish on C'writes.

Cormac Brown said...

Paulie Decibels,

I'd have to submit something else to Col, the starter sentence is JJ's and I'd have to clear it with him.



Gifted Typist said...

but his vocal cords were as frozen as the rime forming on the dirty snow.


Cormac Brown said...


I wrote that? That must have been some in utero-related flashback...oh no, I sit corrected, I was doing crossword puzzles back then.

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Cormac Brown said...


Sp*mmers s*ck.