Re: Favourite short story in the horror genre.
The Cask of the Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, certainly inspired me when writing 'Deadly Prediction'. Poe's story is a simple one. The male narrator, annoyed at an old friend, takes him on a journey through his wine cellar, promising to sample a special Amontillado. Getting the friend drunk, he chains him up in an alcove and walls him up alive. That's it, simple but horrific. Nothing very visual which is why it's never wound up on film as anything more than a cartoon short. Maybe the Simpson's will have a go at it, they did Poe's Tell-tale Heart.
I was also inspired by the fortune teller automaton in the film Big. I thought they threw the concept away, it had great horror potential and I wanted to give it a starring role - what prediction do you not want to hear? Writing for me is an adventure, I truly wasn't exactly sure where Deadly Prediction was heading and when Fifty Shades hit. It was like a lightbulb switching on. I realised if I switched characters around and added the S&M sex, the female protagonist who enjoys giving up control, now has to take control to survive. Once I added the sexual angle it gave the story so much more contrast and graphic detail.
My three characters were now locked in a deadly ménage à trois and after that the story basically wrote itself. What started out as a tale of mystery and imagination, turned into an erotic thriller with bags of visual content for a film, which is always my aim. The locations, all in London and South East England, are on my website as is the first couple of chapters to read for free. I've self published on Amazon and am now testing out all the possible ways to publicise the story, including starting work on a Youtube trailer. I've set the price low for the moment to get the ball rolling. All reviews and comments welcome. Darcy Blazehttp://www.darcyblaze.com/