Short Story “Chop Chop” Wins Writing Magazine Competition
Pleased to announce that “Chop Chop” has won 1st place in Writing Magazine‘s Single Character short story competition.
Writing Magazine described the story as “chilling” and will publish it in the March issue.
The idea came from a 5 a.m. walk in the snow, at which time the local butcher was the only other person awake. As I watched him work, I considered that routine and loneliness could make for an explosive reaction if left long enough in the dark. Could butchers grow to hate meat and how might that manifest in psychosis?
I’m happiest with my work when I’m still sorry/glad for the characters long after I’ve finished typing and this was certainly true for the butcher. His story is about the cages that people build for themselves and how our culture happily provides the materials.
Although it’s a bit dark, it has a positive message through catharsis … I hope. Huge thanks to all at Writing Magazine for my first writing competition win of the new decade.
Hope you all enjoy the story and Happy New Year!
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About the author
Writer dancing on the knife edge of sanity between the Mersey, the Dee, and the Irish Sea. Purveyor of weird, dark stories and poems for the broken-hearted. Love Dystopian, Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi and Adventure fiction. Author of “A Smaller Hell”, released as an e-book in 2012. Works completed but not yet published include novels “The Horseman’s Dream”, “Knights of Snowdonia”, “Grey Noise” and screenplay “Diary of a Caveman”. Current WIP is a metaphysical eco-revenge stage play exploring the dark side of Mother Nature. Interested in VR as a cross-platform story-telling tool. Other interests include boxing, Blues, Absurdism, Surrealism, Gothic literature, fishing, cigars, fires on the beach, Nature, films (David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam, Peter Mullan, David Cronenberg) and cooking. Big fan of J.G. Ballard, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Iain Banks and H.G. Wells.