So, I'm working on finishing up The Bad. This will be a novelette that I will post for FREE here on my site. It's about a guy who accidentally kills his wife (or so he thinks - no spoilers). When I originally had the idea, I thought it would be a short novel. That did not work. But that's the nature of writing. Sometimes we have these ideas that, in our heads, seem bigger than they really are. We just need to come to grips with that and not force it.
Now, maybe you'll read the story and say, "Dave, come on man. You thought you were getting a full novel out of this?" And you'd be right. I'm glad the rational part of my brain knows when to call it a day (nothing worse than reading a full-length novel that could have been a short story. I try not to do that to you guys).
Take a look back here from time to time. I'll be posting it on the Downloads page (hopefully within the next week or so). If you decide to read it, shoot me an email and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your opinions, good or bad.
For rent: a small, quaint beach house that rests quietly atop a cliff along the sunny coast of a private New England island. This dream vacation spot provides a gorgeous view of the ocean.
Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? Sounds like a place you’d like to vacation. Good. Perfect, actually. It ’s a beautiful place, but there is one catch—the place has a very dark and unsavory past.
Still wanna go there?
This was the formula for one of my recent releases, Obsession. A lot of horror stories use a creepy, old house or asylum as their backdrop. I didn't want to use something that would be perceived as creepy or off-putting based solely on the way it looks or its reputation in the horror industry. Instead, I wanted to take something comfortable and alluring and slowly transform it into something unsettling. I wanted to give the reader the sense that they're in a good place, and then slowly pull away the thread from the rug they're standing on. This slow burn effect also takes a toll on the characters, Doug and Karen, as we see how their relationship is affected by the events that unfold throughout the story.
Sometimes looks can be deceiving, and sometimes that's a good thing.