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Horror/Scary: May 02, 2012 Issue [#5022]

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 This week: Kidnapped! Edward Lorn Speaks!
  Edited by: I like big books #2233315
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"Alone. Yes, that's the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym." - Stephen King

As a new F/T Horror Newsletter editor, I wanted to develop a series of editorials that would be interesting as well as engaging. I've decided that each month, I will kidnap an author who has chosen to write in the Horror/Scary genre. In order to be released, he or she will have to answer a handful of questions for you, the voracious readers of their fine fiction. The questions will be chosen randomly from a database of questions I've developed that hopefully you will find interesting and thought-provoking. - I like big books #2233315

*Fleurdelis* Kidnapped! Edward Lorn Speaks 04.25.12 *Fleurdelis*

This month, my victim is elorn who is widely known as a talented, published author. Although Mr. Lorn has said there is no need to feature any of his work, I encourage you to check out his port and perhaps look over his "Invalid Item Also, take a moment to check out the items we've featured below. *Wink* I hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as I did.

*Person* Author Douglas Winter stated, "Horror is not a genre, like the mystery or science fiction or the western. It is not a kind of fiction, meant to be confined to the ghetto of a special shelf in libraries or bookstores. Horror is an emotion." Do you agree with this and share your thoughts on this quote means to you.

Horror is subjective, as are emotions. What scares me, may not bother you in the slightest. Moreover, what makes you cry, might possibly make me laugh. So, yes, I agree. I would add that I do not believe there are any other genres but Horror. The greatest authors of all time juggled constantly with terrifying material. Look at Of Mice and Men: ($9.99 from Amazon.Com) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: ($4.95 from Amazon.Com) Both of those literary masterpieces are scary, but no one classifies them as horror.

*Person* Tell us something about you that would surprise us?

I believe, with all my heart, that Howard the Duck: ($7.49 from Amazon.Com) is the greatest movie of all time

*Person* Is horror more likely to appeal to male readers, e.g. men like violence while women do not? Why? What are your thoughts on horror as an anti-feminist genre since women are often victims?

Okay, here you've struck a nerve. I assume you're talking about "slasher" movies. If you are, I would pose a question to you: Who normally overcomes the stalking, masked behemoth at the end? I think horror empowers women. Sure, there are exceptions, but in most of those movies, just as many men are targeted as women. You're not a victim if you can defeat the evil that's hunting you. You're a survivor.

I think horror appeals more to women, than men. I have far more female readers, than I do male.

*Person* What are you reading right now? Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would name as influences?

Currently reading Mara McBain's Club Justice: (Available at Amazon.Com) and The Island of Dr. Moreau (Tor Classics): ($1.40 from Amazon.Com) by H.G. Wells.

Influences would be, Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Dean Koontz, Bentley Little and Stephen Laws. In that order.

*Person* What did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer. And a pirate. Who hasn't wanted to be a pirate? I mean, come on!

*Person* How have social networks such as Twitter and Facebook changed your life as a writer?

I'm distracted a lot more, I can tell you that much. I am fascinated at the faux sense of closeness people receive from these sites-how they are destroyed when you don't Like their page or follow their posts. Also, it's getting harder and harder to write horror in this technologically advancing world. Rather difficult to convey a sense of isolation and atmosphere, when everyone's running around with cell phones and tablets and are able to connect 24/7. Keeps you on your toes, though, so I don't mind so much. I'm all for a good challenge.

*Person* What do you do when you are not writing?

I spend time with my family, and read. I really live a pretty banal life.

*Person* What relationship, if any, do you see between violence in real life as reported in the mass media and interest in horror fiction? Between horror film and horror books?

Mass media is terrifying. They're professional fear-mongers. The nightly news is more upsetting than any story ever told in fiction. These are our friends and neighbors they're talking about. I could write until the end of the world, and never instill the same fear in my reader as News At 10. I'm really kind of jealous.

As far as the relationship between literary horror and horror cinema, it's a matter of apples and oranges. I have an affinity for both, because they both taste great. It all depends on what I'm looking for. Do I want visuals thrust upon me, or do I want my imagination to work out the details.

I hope you enjoyed this look into the mind of a fellow author. I encourage you to read the entire interview here : "Invalid Entry.

If you'd like to keep up with this talented author, bookmark his blog E: Ruminating On  .

If you would like to share your thoughts, please send me a note using the box at the bottom of this newsletter.

Write and Review on! ~ Brooke

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Editor's Picks

~*Ax*~ Kidnapped Author's Freedom Five ~*Ax*~
All my kidnapped authors must choose five horror stories to be released.

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by A Guest Visitor

It appeared on the wall in front of Steve's eyes as he watched. One moment there was nothing and the next there was a large brown wooden door with a brass knob and a lion faced knocker of the same colour.

The door he would usually use to leave the room was gone, disappeared. It wasn't because he couldn't see it in the dark, the room was well lit. It wasn't there anymore, the place where it was now had a coating of peach wallpaper matching the rest of the empty room.

~*Bird* ~

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by A Guest Visitor

George Tareyton, just like the cigarette--Us Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch--was losing the fight. George would have liked to blame the popular slogan and highly visible advertising campaign (featuring celebrities like Martha Stewart with black eyes) for his current condition. But the fact of the matter was he started smoking Tareyton cigarettes in 1954 years before any of the ads came out because he felt cool smoking his namesake.

~*Bird* ~

 The Dark Side of the Moon  [13+]
An astronaut must come to terms with his sins in the isolation of space.
by Joe Nelson

The weightless form of Captain Thorpe floated gracefully in the void of space as the last ray of sunlight disappeared behind the Moon's horizon. A corona of light, hypnotic in its beauty, shone with a concluding display of spectacular radiance before finally disappearing and leaving him in the shadows of the dark side of the moon.
He shivered at the sudden drop in temperature but like always, watching the sun set in outer space was worth it. Especially as the sun would not emerge again for another fourteen days.

~*Bird* ~

 Beautiful Little Monsters  [13+]
Sometimes tragedy can completely transform you.
by N.N. Bell

He saw the vase fall and shatter from the corner of his eye, the speedy flutter of yellow wings aiding the destructive little fairy's escape by window. The toy maker just shrugged and let it go, and even though he didn't see many faeries with yellow wings anymore, he hashed a plan. His collection was devoid of yellow-winged fairies, and he even double-checked his drawer. Seven pairs of blue wings, three pink, two red...and no yellow. He would fix that tonight after work.

~*Bird* ~

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by A Guest Visitor


The word screams through my brain, plays on my tongue, but leaves my throat in a strangled gurgle. Troubled eyes scan the darkened corners of my room, probing the comforting shadows that have become home. A cold trickle of sweat creeps down the back of my neck and the memory of my nightmare remains as vivid and haunting as that cursed day.

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~*Bird* ~

~*Film*~ Editor's Choice - The Trio of Terror ~*Film*~

~*Ax* Classic Chiller *Ax*~

Blue M&M  [13+]
Horror/Thriller Short Story
by ellis

He slipped the pill into his shirt pocket and replaced the lid on the prescription bottle, sliding it back into the medicine cabinet. The family was waiting downstairs. He looked in the mirror, straightening his black tie and brushing the lint off the padded shoulders of his black suit. He leaned forward, his face almost touching the glass, to stare at the blond freckles sprinkled on the bridge of his nose. He noticed two new ones.

Downstairs, he mingled with the crowd, mostly family, that had gathered for support. It had been three days since the sudden death of his wife, Kathy, and he still couldn't believe she was gone. Several times he walked into the kitchen and forgot why. He reminded himself to be careful because it was critical for him to be alert at a time like this. He still had to take care of the children.

~*Ax* Modern Macabre *Ax*~

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by A Guest Visitor

Valerie stood at the door of her apartment, looking down, confused. Jutting from under the door, was a blue piece of paper she hadn't noticed until now.

The morning had started off bland enough: Up by six, showered by six-thirty, coffee and muffin by seven, then out the door by seven-forty-five. Perhaps it was her daily routine that had blinded her to the odd package under the door. It could have just been slid under there only moments ago. Then again, it could have been there since she locked herself in after work last night. No telling, really.

She bent down and pulled it from its resting place. It became much more than just a blue corner. In fact, that blue corner was just the beginning of a rather beautiful interpretation of a sky that was looking down on a rather odd looking scene.

~*Ax* The Future of Fright *Ax*~

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by A Guest Visitor

My current victim has no idea that I have been watching, that I am watching her this very second. She has no idea that I lurk outside her window, creeping through the darkness, to gain the best view of her and to observe her every move. Stealth movements, silent, invisible like a soft breeze.

I gain access to her place through a back window. So easy, cut the screen with a razor-knife and pry the window open with a screwdriver. I let the screwdriver fall to the ground outside, something for my adversaries to ponder over, inspect, worship. I look at the razor-knife... sharp, precisely crafted, reflecting a spot of light from its fine edge like a twinkling star in the night sky. It has more work to accomplish tonight.

~*Bird* ~

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One of our Most Viewed Horror Stories - with 449 ratings!

Trick or Tweet  [13+]
Technology is advancing at an ever-increasing pace. Can it be taken too far?
by Tom Buck

I'm John Young. My NetLink number is 635769-22-1. I'm all alone now, and I only have a short time left to write my story. The clock on my desk softly ticks away the seconds, reminding me of my destiny.

It's just past midnight, so technically I'm beginning the celebration of my forty-second birthday. However, we haven't honored such occasions recently. I'm not looking for sympathy. I just want to document what's happened to me and my family.

~*Bird* ~

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You're very welcome Bill. Always enjoy your work. *Smile* Appreciate you dropping me a note.

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