"To entertain, inspire, frighten, teach, and entice as many readers as possible." - Keith Helinski
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"I love writing. I love creating different stories, and connecting different genres together. I look at what Stephen King does, interconnecting various stories/worlds together, and then I take your versatility, and I jump off that in my own little world."
At first, I had an idea of revisiting the Roadkill Girl from Hellplex. But then something else came to me…a character that is as crazy as Leatherface, as secrete as Dexter Morgan, and as less obvious as Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins Norman Bates, not the Bates in the books).
Norm Cain was born.
I wrote the ending first, then went back, and wrote the beginning. It’s so hard to make twists like in Psycho these days, since it has been done to death (pun glory!) But what hasn’t been done in a good, long, while, is actually following the Psycho formula from the beginning by investing much needed time with the ‘victim.’ Stephen King is known for writing slow starts to a fast-paced climax. Pay off is grander by going that route.
The title of this ebook comes from a phrase I would always say at my employer.When people ask me how’s my day going, I sarcastically say LIVIN’ THE DREAM!Sometimes, I would get a bitter reply, ‘…feels more like a nightmare!’Can’t be an optimistic without the harsh reality of life.And can’t be a pessimistic all the time, or life isn’t worth setting goals for.I was always brought up with one idealism: hope for the best, expect the worst.
It has taken me a while to get through this project.On the morbid side of things, two friends of mine, died.One friend died a couple of months ago.The other, just this past week (as I am writing this afterword).I’ve been debating whether or not I should even publish this book.Seems everywhere I look, people is affected by tragedy.The world needs more LIVIN’ THE DREAM…outlook, rather than …IT’S MORE LIKE A NIGHTMARE!
On the other hand, these kind of stories has its own fan base.I myself always go back to the horror genre from time to time, smiling at its twisted/morbid sense of humor.I am still a constant reader of the Stephen King’s/Jeff Lindsay’s/Brian Lumley’s/Clive Barker’s/Robert Bloch’s/and the list goes on and on!
Regardless what side of the coin you prefer to read, it’s still an escape.And we all certainly need an escape, whether to the dark or the light side.
I can’t ignore the fact that Stephen King is one of my inspirations for writing.I always quote him on my Wastin’ Away Press blog.I frequently make references to THE DARK TOWER series.But the book that really pushed my butt to write, the book that is of my favorites that I always seem to re-read over the years: Stephen King’s ON WRITING.One of the many pieces of advice King always give to us young writers is - ALWAYS BE HONEST WITH YOUR WRITING, even when writing fiction.
Once you get done with this book, you can either praise it or bash it; but the one single thing you won’t be able to say is, ‘he wasn’t honest enough.’Not to spoil this book, but there is a story included that is called THAT DAY.It is about 9/11, which has been overly written about the last 11 years.My story isn’t as unfamiliar as everyone else’s.In fact, I suspect a lot of readers will be able to relate to THAT DAY.I found myself crying as I was writing it last year.I think I was being a little too honest.
Sometimes, though, honesty bites you in the ass!Also included in this collection: a controversial, satirical story called RAISE YOUR GLASS, which is a true story about a guy (me!), standing in line at FYE, waiting for TWILIGHT to come out on DVD around midnight (which is scary enough!)I did it out of obligation to an ex.Twilight fans did not appreciate the story online, however.I think you might, though!
Anyhow, I hope I achieve a mixture of chills, thrills, some scares, some LOLs, and perhaps a few sniffles along the way.This ebook is meant to be the other side of that LIVIN’ THE DREAM…coin…IT’S MORE LIKE A NIGHTMARE!
The first part of this essay will provoke all sorts of emotions. Some may giggle. Others might tear up. Most might find it offensive.
But as Stephen King often mentions, a writer’s job is to write the truth. King might be satirical (and perhaps, a little over-satirical), but it is far from dishonest.
Like all great debates, the gun debate will always be divided. People will either rave this essay for being yet another jab toward ‘gunslingers,’ while the other side of the fence will complain that this is just another liberal whiner.
I urge EVERYONE to read this, though. There’s no sides here. The 2nd Amendment isn’t under attack. This isn’t a discussion of the evils of guns. It’s a discussion of the consistency of evil gun-related tragedies.
"Adults do not forget the horrors and shamings of their childhood, but those feelings tend to lose their immediacy (except perhaps in dreams, where even old men and women find themselves taking tests they have not studied for with no clothes on)."