Today I'm turning over the reigns to Briane Pagel to help him promote his latest book. Take it away, Briane!
Temporary Anne is a horror story about a woman so desperate to avoid Hell -- the fate for the evil she's done during her life -- that she makes things infinitely worse after her death.
To celebrate the release, I'm doing a blog tour. Today is the first day. Here's the schedule for the rest of it:
It's going to last nearly a month, and here's why: Each stop of the tour will feature not just a snippet from Temporary Anne, but the creation of a brand new horror story, written on the go, by me -- with suggestions from you! The story will grow based on comments from the blogs and the hosts of the blogs, and at the end, you'll have received a FREE horror story, just for reading! THANK GOD FOR AMERICA. And other countries if you belong to those. Except for that country where the Calormenes lived. Screw them.1. Life Is Good: Friday 9/132. Strange Pegs: 9/163. Laws Of Gravity 9/184. The Blutonian Death Egg 9/206. Jessica Bell Author/Musician 9/268. Jess' Book Blog 10/310.PTDilloway.com 10/10
So let's get into this. Here is today's snippet from Temporary Anne. It takes place as Anne has gone for a midnight swim, nude, in front of a lonely fisherman -- only to run into some trouble and start drowning:
What I saw more clearly than the sea was a flowing, pulsing, corpuscle of heat and fire. Hell is not fire and coals andbrimstone. It is hot, to be sure, or at least my entryway was because I would get no closer than that at that time. Hot enough that it felt like my eyeballs were blistering. Hot enough that my skin felt tight and dry and pulled off and shredding already, even though I knew I was still in the ocean because there it was around me. But this was not flames and hot rocks and burning trees. It was like flesh made into fire. If you have ever seen someone cut open in an operation, and seen the quivering, gelatinous, slobbering mass of cells and slime that make up the layers between our skin, you have seen what my Hell was built of: a flowing, slimy, quivering, pulsating mass of burning material.
Hell is the inside of a blister that stretches across infinity.
AND NOW, for the main event: The Beginning of The Story:
This Is How I…
“This,” I begin, “is how I…”
But I pause.
The expectant faces before me, the throngs of people waiting to hear the story of how I came to write the first-ever horror novel to win all the Nobel Prizes (even Chemistry!), do not see why I pause.
Or I assume they do not.
But I cannot look away.
Having looked up from my notes, having paused to adjust the glasses I wear in order to look more… studious, I cannot now tear my eyes away from the specter I have seen off to the side, but I dare not look directly at it, either.
I want to say, this is always how it is.
I want to turn to the assembled multitude – I see Stephen King there among them, and the Vice President of the United States – and say to them I think this is nothing to worry about, I think this is what I should have expected, but…
Something is… different, this time.
Something is… wrong.
It is not unusual for a writer to imagine, I suppose, that his creations are in fact real, to breathe life into them, to make them real… in his mind. And for a long time, when I first began writing, that is all I thought these, these, these apparitions, were: real only in my mind.
That is, I would begin to think up a story, I would begin to jot down some ideas here and there, first in a notebook I used to carry with me for that purpose, then on my smartphone, ultimately on a notepad on my tablet, the horrors of yesterday merging with the technology of tomorrow, and maybe that is what did it?
Maybe that is when these things stopped being imaginings that I would toy with as I drove or walked or ate cheeseburgers at the McDonald’s down the road? Maybe when I lent them more and more power – for the energy, once potential, in a pen-stroke in a notebook is surely less than the required batteries of electricity that keep my computers running day and night? – maybe that extra power storing the thoughts I stirred was what brought them to life?
Enough to say they came to life. Where once I had lay in bed, at night, thinking that the next morning I would get up early, write chapter 2, and ponder what would happen in chapter 2, now, more and more, I did not need to speculate at all, as the things happened before my eyes, with an increasing lifelike cast, and, as you would guess, a corresponding increase in the pall these visions cast over my life.
Who wants to see murderers and ghosts and man-eating insects and the even more esoteric visions my mind could throw at me?
You’d think it would be like being at, maybe, a horror movie festival, and that would be great, if you like horror, right?
You’d think, but two things to keep in mind:
First, who wants to see that all the time, not just for two hours on a screen in a dark theater while you eat popcorn and wait for the credits to roll, but every second of every day, a constant montage of horror and spectacle all around me?
Second, who, subjected to that, wants to have to wonder if this isn’t a hallucination at all, but rather, watch murder and fire and mayhem and monsters around him and think I believe this is real…?
“This…” I tried again, shaking my head to try to get the image out of my mind, “is how I…”
But it was no good, as…
OKAY, your turn: help Tina out. What happened next? You, and Tina, get to pick:
An event that takes place as I began talking again, and
A character -- name, identity, species all up to you -- who enters the story at this point.
Watch for the continuation of the story on Andrew Leon's Strange Pegs Monday!
AND FOR TODAY ONLY, GET TEMPORARY ANNE FREE! That's right, FREE! Tell your friends! A this price, it's like you're stealing the book! Take that, Jeff Bezos!
Click on that link to purchase Temporary Anne.
Find Briane here:
"That's a lot of infinity!": http://www.nonsportsmanlikeconduct.com
"I sometimes call him Pumpkin Pie.": http://www.thinkingthelions.com
"In my defense, I didn't know what whores were" : http://www.troublewithroy.com
This has been a production of the Vince Lombardi fanfic group: http://www.nonsportsman.com