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Story Starters (for adults) I

2:00 a.m.. Waiting for clarity, John glanced down from the steam softened image in the mirror to a sink full of whiskers and the letter outlining the exhilarating debauchery of this night.  He closed his eyes.  It was the letter that did it. Decision made, John...

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The Mysterious Mr. Ridley

Meanwhile on a Horror Writing Discussion Forum Name:  Ridley Date/Time: 3/12/2001 8:23 pm Subject: RE: The Course Body: Give Up Your Day Job and Stick To Writing.  It's not often I tell someone this; after all, most non-published writers (and especially those who've...

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(opens door, but just a crack . . .)

. . .and a draft escapes, rank and stale: the breath of a dead man.  Sunlight slips in like a bright knife through a dead fish. Then, a gaunt figure.  A pale grimace.  A wet rattle as his purple lips, cracked and bleeding, slip into a snarl.  Yellow teeth fill...

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To tell a good story . . .

"Rationalism and doctrinairism are the disease of our time; they pretend to have all the answers. . . In view of all this, I lend an attentive ear to the strange myths of the psyche, and take a careful look at the varied events that come my way. . . Unfortunately, the...

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Observe: The Early Mind Machine

"Something else, too, came to me from my illness.  I might formulate it as an affirmation of things as they are: an unconditional "yes" to that which is, without subjective protests--acceptance of the conditions of existence as I see them and understand them,...

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If

IF If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,...

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