Okay, I’ve updated twice in the span of a month. Still not great, but better than once a year, right? Anyway, here is the latest in my series about the stories behind the story.
In the End was the Word
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN ANOTHER 100 HORRORS (JUNE 2013)
There’s honestly not too much to this story. I had heard the call for submissions for the Another 100 Horrors anthology and thought it sounded like a fun diversion: Write a horror story in exactly 100 words.
Of course, I realized that this meant my story would end up as nothing more than a gimmick. Once I realized that, I embraced it and the gears started turning.
I was taking a bath (a great solution for restless leg syndrome, btw) when the idea hit me. What if a doctor told me that I only had 100 words left to live? Of course, the solution is simple, don’t write. But for a writer, you might as well kill them right then and there. What is a writer that can’t write?
Did I do the idea justice? Nope. Did I have fun with it? Yup. Sometimes that’s all that matters. As for the title, it also came to me while I was in the bath. I rushed out, wrote the whole thing in about five minutes, and that was that.
Sadly, the story is out of print. I’m thinking about putting together a nice little PDF of the story and releasing it here for free. It has been done. Check the top of this post.