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Friday, 21 September 2012
What happened to the Horror Masters Site?
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: Why, Why, Why?
Topic: contemplative

I always love reading supernatural short stories and I was totally, totally jazzed when I found the Horror Masters site (it was HorrorMasters.com). It had hundreds of previously published short stories that I would read during my lunch hours and beyond. 

However, that all came to an end recently when the web page went away. Sadness. Why, oh why, when I find something I really like, it goes away?  Same things happen to TV shows with me, or unusual stores, or something I really, really like, because it's different, or unusual, it just goes away.

I don't know who owns that site, but I wish they would bring it back. 

Sure, many of the stories are available at other sites or ebook form for free (since they are out of copyright), but it was nice to go to one place and browse through a list of stories I had never heard of and learn of some great authors that are no longer in print or have limited printed publications.

Anyway, I just hope that it does come back in some shape or form in all of its awesomeness.


Posted by heymolo at 11:36 PM EDT
Monday, 30 April 2012
Scary Writing
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Writer's Block is Blocking Me
Topic: contemplative

Okay, I admit, I'm probably my own worst critic. However, looking over some of my old writing I have to think - What was I thinking?

 I recently reread one of my novels I wrote years ago that was supposed to be a humorous mystery. I almost threw it away!  Wow, was it bad. Well, maybe not bad but more uninteresting. 

 The whole point of a mystery is suspense, and this was bad!!!

 Even I didn't care about the characters (there was hardly any character development), the plot (what little of it there was), and humor (what little of THAT there was).

 I think my problem is, half way through the novel, I started losing interest in my story.  I didn't care about the characters, nor did I care about the victim.  Nor how it ended.

 Word of advice, if you are going to write mysteries, make sure you at least have SOME idea who did it. I didn't and at the very end, I had to slip in all sorts of clues - not good if you are trying to write a GOOD whodunit!

So, I'm wondering if I should just chuck the whole thing, or do a major re-write? I'm thinking about the re-write, but I just don't have enough get up and go to get it done. Right now, I have so many other stories that are actually GOOD or at least starting to look that way, that I just don't know if I have the energy to work on it.  But again, I get started on a decent idea and then, how do I end it?  (I have far too many stories started with no middles or endings to count.)

So how does one get motivated?


Posted by heymolo at 3:16 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 30 April 2012 3:17 PM EDT
Monday, 11 July 2011
Cool Sites
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: Love Ghost Stories
Topic: contemplative

If anyone has been reading my blog or any of my comments, you probably know I looooove Ghost Stories.  I have found some EXCELLENT sites with some great Ghost/Horror stories.

 

Horror Masters is a website that is loaded with horror stories - many I have never even heard of. Some of the editing isn't great in these, but you can pretty much figure out what they are trying to convey.

 Short Scary Stories is another site that has some great stories. 

I have included links to these sites on my web page.

 

Some of my favorite writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, E.F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, just to name a few.  One of my favorites is M.R. James, who consistently writes very creepy stories. 

 


Posted by heymolo at 10:16 PM EDT
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Who's story is it anyway, part 2
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Mad Scientist mode?
Topic: contemplative

So, the only response I got from any of those essay web sites is that one of them wants me to purchase an essay from them.  There was not response to my emails, and I fear they probably just ignored me, or worse, probably stealing more of my short stories for their essay web sites.

So I'm thinking about something I have wanted to do for a long time and become a mad scientist and do crazy stuff to these people - no not really, but I'm thinking, in this case "What would Pearl Forester do?" You know, the female mad scientist on MST3K. Boy, had I been a few years younger watching MST3K, I can't help thinking what an influence she would've been on me.

My whole outlook on life as well as what career path I took, could've been influenced by her. I would've paid more attention in my science classes and came away with a B.S. degree from college (instead of a B.A.). I might be working for NASA (I worked for a contractor for them briefly). I might of ... well, maybe my life wouldn't have changed all that much. MAYBE... I'm more like Pearl Forester than I want to admit! Maybe, deep down inside, I AM a mad scientist, and just don't realize it. Weird....

So, I'm not sure what to do with the essay web sites - perhaps, most of them have been abandoned and just haven't been taken down. I suppose mentioning them is a bad idea since they will just get more promotion. I just think that if you are taking other people's work and putting your name on it, there is a special place at the DMV for you. (After all, it is the gateway to hell, isn't it?)

Damn you, Joseph Levins!!!! (as I shake my clenched fist)

From now on, my motto will be "WWPFD?"


Posted by heymolo at 3:47 PM EDT

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