I have a confession to make. I have always been quietly fascinated with the work of Edgar Allan Poe. There is something about his version of horror that touches a cord. Most of his stories deal not just with what’s frightening from the standpoint of monsters and supernatural beings or the things that might be out there, but with our human frailties and vulnerability. That is what makes his stories truly terrifying.
Being a writer can be terrifying. It forces you to own your vulnerabilities. To face them head on. Spilling the contents of your brain onto the page and sharing it with the world takes a certain amount of courage. Have you always wanted to write? Well, here’s your chance. Scare yourself today and write something in the essence of Poe. Then send it to me so that I can scare the rest of us with your terrifying tale. After all, it’s fun to be scared. It reminds us that we are alive.