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New Story – The Ins and Outs

07.03.09 | Comment?

Got a new story up at Spinetingler Magazine. “The Ins and Outs” is about one paranoid New Yorker who is rather disturbed to discover that they really are out to get him.

It was originally inspired by a challenge issued by Paul Guyot, to create a story containing both an armored car and children’s clothing. I came up with an idea, wrote a few pages – and tossed it in a drawer. A couple of years ago I was trying to get back to writing more, so I pulled it out and completed it. The people I showed it to seemed to like it, so I looked around and decided Spinetingler was the best place for it.

Then-editor Sandra Ruttan approved, so here it is.

My original idea was for a sort of superheated Cornell Woolrich kind of style, and the plot does show some Woolrich influences, right down to the deus-ex-machina ending. I could never get the voice down, though. It always sounded like an H.P. Lovecraft story, so in the end I ran with it. Writing like Lovecraft is easy, but I defy anyone to write like Cornell Woolrich.

I had some problems with some of the rather serious elements in what’s essentially an unserious story, but nobody else seemed to feel that way. What do you think?

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