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Welcome to the official blog of horror, thriller and suspense author Todd Russell. He's written under various pen names including the name of this website, taken from AOL in the mid 1990s where he posted numerous twist ending short stories, six of which can be found in the horror short story collection Mental Shrillness. For Halloween 2011, he shared 13+ new stories in a collection called . His debut novel is now available in paperback and eBook.
|What Scares Author Joshua Mays
Date Published: 2011-08-22 19:28:22
Summary: What Scares Author series #10, learn in his own words what scares author Joshua Mays.
What scares me? Well that's simple. I'm afraid of the slithering horror that moves just outside of your vision. It's that same thing that disappears, changing its shape and taking on a new visage as you try and focus on it. You look, so sure of what you saw, but each time, it's gone. I'm afraid of the shadowy tendrils that flair out, coming closer, conquering everything they touch as the sun goes down. Or when a light goes out, and darkness consumes the comfort and solace that you cling to in order to alleviate your fear.
It's the intentions of the leering man that scare me, the one who rubs you the wrong way, or gives you a strange vibe. The actions of a person you care about when they aren't around. You think you can trust them, but can you really? It's the power that hides in our hearts, turning us into monsters on a whim. Taking away our humanity, reverting us back to the animals we were meant to be. It's the mass murderers, and terrorists who could show up at any minute. It's the serve weather warning, or the melting ice caps.
It's the long drive to work each day, or that seven hour flight that has too much turbulence. It's the complications during pregnancy, or the people out for your children. It's the first step on a new journey, or that decision that could change your life. It's the people and places that are different, and all the dangers that come with them. It's the virus that floats in the air, or rests in our bed, waiting to infect us and bring sickness.
It's the power behind religion, and the reason we all stay in line, doing our best to be good people. It's the ancient beings that come from beyond the stars, sleeping beneath our seas. It's the reason, why people are afraid of death, and the afterlife. No, it's not the fear itself, but rather the greatest fear of them all. It's the fear of the unknown.
About the Author
Joshua Mays: a simple writer.
About Terra Incognita: The Abyss
A young man finds his way into a dark world that has been sealed off from ours for thousands of years. After crossing the threshold, Benjamin Harking is forced on a journey to recover four magical items that will help him stop a coming evil that is older than man itself.
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Thanks Joshua Mays for being #10 in the ongoing What Scares Authors series. Read what scares other authors: Athanasios, Steven R. Drennon, Heather Marie Adkins, Sue Owen, Laura Yirak, Arshad Ahsanuddin, Jean Marie Bauhaus, Gayle Carline, David Gaughran.
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WIP (Works In Progress)
Novella #1 (1st draft)
NOVEL: Pain Plane (final)
NOVEL: Fresh Fetus (1st draft)