“Travelers of the Loneliest Roads” Is Now On WattPad

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Progress Report, Scary Stuff, short story, Writing
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A while back I wrote a short story called “Travelers of the Loneliest Roads,” a story of a young woman hitchhiking on the back roads of America who gets picked up by a very strange ride. I wasn’t having much success in finding a magazine to publish it in, so I thought I’d share it on WattPad, where short stories rejected by publishers have found some success.

I really like this story. It was my first experimentation with trying to make the story progressively more terrifying using techniques I’ve picked up from various novels and movies, and I thought I did a damn good job. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone here who checks it out has to say though. After all, you know what they say: authors are often some of the worst judges of their own work.

Anyway, if you’d like to read “Travelers”, please click here. I hope you enjoy reading it and whatever your thoughts about it, please let me know what you think. As I’m fond of saying, I love feedback, whether it be positive or negative.

That’s all for now. I’m going to try to get some more writing done before my shows come on later tonight. So until next time, happy reading my Followers of Fear.

  1. bfostrickson says:

    I’d never heard of WattPad before, so I will have to check that out. I read your story and really enjoyed the sort of happy horror feel—the casual behaviour of the family, the pretty little girl. It adds to the suspense.

    • Brittany, with that comment you just confirmed my hopes and eased my worries. I was really trying to put suspense into the story with this one, so I’m glad you thought there was some. Thank you.

      By the way, “happy horror”, could you go into some more detail on that?

      • bfostrickson says:

        I mean the casual approach to death from the Satans, the pretty little girl who is obviously pretty evil (she reminds me of Claudia), the young girl working in a diner (sort of typical for her age)—they add realism to the suspense I suppose. The Satans are like the nuclear family in a way, just a little more horrific. That’s what I mean by happy horror. That little bit of realism gives off a bit of a safety net. This is hard to explain, haha.

      • You make the Satans sound like a darker version of the Addams. And now I totally get the happy horror thing. I was just hoping for some clarification.

      • bfostrickson says:

        Yes! That’s along the lines of what I meant. In a good way, of course.

      • I’m not sure you can use the Addams in a bad way. 🙂

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