If you read my blog or follow my Facebook and Twitter feeds you may have noticed I’ve been posting a lot about Pen of the Damned. What is Pen of the Damned, you ask? It’s a collection of minds and ideas, of dark tales told by those who freely dive into the maw of damnation and live to tell their stories.
I’ve recently been invited into the group of writers who make up the Damned. Every Tuesday a new story is posted to the site by one of its handful of eclectic writers. And once or twice a cycle, the members write their interpretation of a word and photo prompt as a group for comparison. The stories are short and not so sweet, with a lingering aftertaste of terror.
My introductory story titled Avemwood ended up being one of my favorite pieces I’ve written so far. Inspired by a few sketches I made late one night, I brought the Bird Men to life and in the process condemned another innocent character to a horrid end.
Should I fear the creatures I create? Or the vengeance of the characters who suffer because of them? Only fate will tell. Then again, as I’m the story teller, perhaps I will reform that fate and craft my own suffering…
If you haven’t checked out the site I dare you to take a look into the pitch black, if only to see if you can find the light again.