I grew up loving the horror genre in all forms. As a child, I read and collected almost every book in the R.L. Stine Goosebumps series. I watched The Exorcist at my 13th birthday party sleepover. I binge watched the X Files with my parents as a teenager. I have read countless works by Stephen King. Watched countless horror movies spanning from Poltergeist to The Sixth Sense to modern classics like Hereditary.
I revel in the the idea of the supernatural and the paranormal. Most of all, what terrifies me the most, is the idea of being terrorized by an invisible entity from the realm of the dead. An enemy I cannot see. An enemy I cannot fight.
That is what inspired me to begin writing the following short story that I eventually titled The Man in the Window. It was the result of over 5 months of sporadic posting on Instagram. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I began to explore the abandoned haunts of my town. Old barns, old empty houses, and dark wooded trails. My imagination ran wild in those places. I experienced the feelings of something watching me as I walked old basements. I felt the crows circling as I broke through old overgrown trails.
I never once wrote anything in advance, but rather, visited properties, took photographs, and let each of them help me to formulate the next twist in the plot. Each accompanying photographs was shot and edited by me. I stood in those dark corners. I was there.
For those of you who have followed my Instagram account for a while, this story may be old news. But I felt it would be interesting to finally compile the work, in its entirety, in one place for someone to read from start to finish.
I will admit that the story is incomplete. My inspiration tapered off after 50 posts. The final chapters, in my opinion tended to stray a bit. However, this short story is special to me, because it marks my first attempt to truly share my imagination with the world. It is my hope that if you haven’t read it, you will. It is my hope that if you have, you’ll read again.
Please go to calmescreative.com now to read The Man in the Window - Redux. |