STOP PRESS!

I wasn’t going to blog tonight because I’m still full of dinner and sleepy*, but news has happened while I was out stuffing my face. My first story has appeared online at Pantechnicon πŸ˜€ I submitted it some time ago, and it’s taken them a while to get it all together for various reasons, but it’s now up and readable!

This is the first bit of writing I’ve ever sent off to someone I didn’t know, and I’m quite excited. Someone who wouldn’t care about hurting my feelings read it and liked it!

Now it’s your turn! I’d really really love it if you went here: http://www.pantechnicon.net/ and clicked on Latest Additions, and then had a quick looky at my story, London Stone. It’s very short and relatively painless and I’d love to know what you think.

*my blog about the fabulous range of new haircuts on display in Primeval will have to wait.

10 thoughts on “STOP PRESS!

  1. Congrats on the publish!! Just read the story. It’s very good and I enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to reading more of your stuff.

  2. Exceptional. I was hook-line-sinker drawn in and moved by that story. You, Miss Williams, have quite the talent. (I can even overlook the lack of Gummi Bear action. This time πŸ˜‰ )Get some more stories up. Cracking.

  3. Thank you both for saying such lovely things, it means a lot. :)(Marwood, I promise lots of Gummi Bear action in the future, possibly with some Wuzzles thrown in)

  4. Your story was really good. I was surprised at the end. I love stories that don’t reveal themselves until the very end.

  5. Nice. Well-dawn central character, with a unique, coherent voice, appropriate-but-suitably-restrained use of dialect, excellent plot hook, classic structure and a twist at the end that wasn’t (as is so often the case) bludgeoned into the reader’s consciousness to show how clever the author is. I really, really like this – so much so that I’m going to link to it from my own blog.

  6. I can confirm that yunshui did exactly that. I loved the final twist. Subtle enough to reward paying attention, but with enough significance to give you chills. A lot of times with horror short stories, the authors make a fatal mistake by giving the game away and stripping the narrative of its tension, as John Connolly did time after time in Nocturnes. I much prefer the way you left the terror unnamed, unspoken, and without description. Excellent.

  7. Oh blimey, more comments that I missed! Thank you so much for the lovely words, it really means a lot.yunshui- cheers for linking it from your blog, that is really very kind of you. :)FrodoSaves- Funny you should mention John Connolly, as I’m a bit of a fan of his, although I’ve not read Nocturnes for a good few years. As for London Stone, I decided I’d have to be quite sutble given the subject matter- it would have been so easy to say “Dun dun DUN, guess who it was?!” but not nearly as satisfying as a sprinkling of hints. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and give me (such lovely) feed back.

  8. Great short story – dark, smartly written. It’s very, very polished and reads brilliantly.Looking forward to Bad Apple Bone!

  9. Thanks mate! πŸ˜€ Bad Apple Bone is gonna need a serious beating with the editing stick before it sees the light of day…

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