Sunday, January 27, 2013
Fear is an emotion like no other, a powerful sensation that relishes the chance to play tricks with you, and taking every opportunity to do so. One of the more common times it does this is immediately after awakening from a particularly troubling nightmare. While you were subconsciously tossing and turning and maybe even thrashing about throughout the dream, fear was already taking hold, harnessing and collecting, making note of all your prior dormant trepidations. These may have been completely fictional, from book or film, or they may have been from truly horrifying life experiences, like when that friend jumped out at you wearing a hockey mask and waving a machete, or when you watched that plump, hairy spider scamper across the floor, only to disappear under the couch. Nonetheless, fear knows your deepest and darkest, and is constantly ready to utilize the information at a moment’s notice. Tonight it is taking the opportunity offered and waiting silently within your psyche while you traverse through the throes subconscious horror. And, it already has a plan.
Suddenly you awaken gasping for breath and with beads of sweat formed. Maybe you’ve sat up and are awaiting the chill to subside, most likely thinking the terror is over. Little do you know that it is not, and as you become increasingly aware of the enveloping darkness, a major player in the overall grand scheme, fear slides the throttle forward.
You peer into the room’s dark corner and the shadows seem to move ever so slightly. Of course, deep down, you know that those corner shadows are no different than any other night. But, tonight is different. Tonight, while the terrifying nightmare is still fresh in your mind, fear has already calculated and is emphasizing those shadows to somehow appear oddly different. Coincidently, the normal darkness seems strangely different too.
Within moments, the flood of once fading terror has abruptly turned about face and your mind fills with all sorts of ghastly ghoulies, waiting to pounce, gnaw, rip, shred and tear. You look away and close your eyes tight, hoping that the action will somehow drive it all away. But, when you look back, it hasn’t. The shadows are still there and still the same. The chess battle continues with your next move, slinking down under the blanket and pulling it up over your head. Consciously you make attempts to dispel by thinking happy thoughts and secretly praying for safety. However, fear retaliates with a check move, by misspelling the word and then beaming it vividly, like a neon light, into your mind…P R E Y I N G!
And it is now that fear has grasped fully, it begins recruiting and incorporating your ears as well, allowing the amplification of all those typical normal night noises you’ve grown accustomed to, such as the creaks of the house settling, or that alley cat meowing at the full moon. Maybe, if fear is lucky, there will be a storm raging outside, complete with howling wind, lightning flashes and tremendous booms, and it will make the job easier.
Regardless, your mind will begin to wander into dreadfulness, peering from window to corner, back and forth, from behind the blanket seam you’ve opened, automatically having thoughts of the boogeyman and asking yourself what that sound was?
Maybe there isn’t something horrible lurking. On the other hand, maybe there is and if so, contrary to what your mind tells you, simply hiding under those covers won’t save you because it already knows your there
Maybe you’d better look again…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
As everyone knows, when it comes to a product, whether it is widgets or writings, promotion is everything. And, unless you are a Koontz or a King, that promotion falls squarely on the writer’s shoulders. This can be rather trying because, as most writers’ will probably attest, besides finding the time in this fast paced world to write that next great novel, the writer will also be consumed with having to write various other things. These may be as simple as a quick snippet about their latest tale posted on a social media site, or as extensive as an article for their blog or personal website. It could be a query letter proposing your next idea or re-editing a recently rejected piece for resubmission elsewhere. The point being, that with writing, it’s never simply the tale.
Welcome my world…
And the day of work begins…
But, the day is still not over and since, on my nightstand, I have a rather substantial pile of books that my better half cannot seem to avoid complaining about (God Bless her), I try and tackle one of them through drooping eyes, most of the time not getting through more than a few pages. Of course, since I’ve previously had the pleasure of awakening, face down on a drooled upon book and now having to unstick myself before washing off the temporary tattoo of words that now litter the side of my face, I keep myself in check and now set the book aside before the inevitable happens.
Whodathunkit! Then the alarm goes off and I do it again.
And, while I suppose I could have summed this whole article up in one single word…dedication, the idea never occurred, being the writer I am. And besides, you know what they call a writer that never gives up? Published!
This week I created, designed and launched my mobile app. It’s called The Dark Web of Horror Writer Thomas Scopel and includes this blog, as well as many other associated links, and a few creepy goodies thrown in for good measure.
Available in all mobile formats, get it here. (Note: Be sure to allow it to load completely before pinning to your desktop.)
Hey EC horror fans, there’s a new comic coming soon from Evil Jester Press, that will take writers’ tales and put them into graphic format. How gruesome would it be to see your tale drawn by some wickedly good artists? Yours truly has submitted and is anxiously waiting whether it is accepted or not.
And, the new article for my ongoing Land of Shadow & Substance Twilight Zone column is posted at Horror News Net. It's called "Where Is Everybody?"
Creepy Pics of the Week
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And so ghouls, have a gruesome week and remember to stay scared!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Hello there minions, today is the 13th and while many consider it to be an unlucky number, this ghoul found it to be rather wickedly promising.
And, I wrote a review for the film Django Unchained. Great western, deftly and gruesomely directed by Quentin Tarantino. Read it here
But, the most exciting news of the day was having my own ongoing bi-weekly column at Horror News Net accepted and approved. The column is entitled Land of Shadow and Substance, and will discuss each episode, exploring introduction, synopsis, cast members, and closing. Being a major fan of both The Twilight Zone, as well as Rod Serling, this is a bit overwhelming for me and I’m looking forward to every single installment. Basically, it is my personal shrine to a television show that had a great impact on me. With the inaugural article, I attempted to provide a Rod Serling type introduction and closing, and I feel I may have captured a little of that intrigue that he consistently brought. Of course, I’m no Rod Serling, but I gave it a shot and only you will be the judge of that. Regardless, it is now available to read here.
So, how was your 13th?
First off, my letter to editor of the Steubenville, Ohio Herald Star newspaper was printed, and I have a few people mailing me copies. Thanks folks!
Read it here
Horror pic of the week
Next up, editing chapter 5 of my first full length novel entitled A Lawnly Existence for Suspense Publishing. A tale about an old man attempting to fulfill his recently deceased wife’s dream, with morbid reprocussions. However, as I always make a point to mention, it is neither a ghost or zombie tale.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
here when it's published.