BY EDITOR SHAUNA SKYE
Some of you may know that I used to edit a small press fiction publication called Moonletters long before this site had the name. I was involved with publishing, as well as writing for other magazines. I often miss working with fiction.
This is totally off the Second Life topic, so those uninterested feel free to skip this post. For the sake of history, I’m putting a link to one of my fiction pieces here. I still hold the rights to this story, and I didn’t try to have it published elsewhere.
The story is called “Caged” and it was originally written for a Darkecho writing contest which had to include witches as the theme. No, not Harry Potter kind of witches, or tree hugging new age witches, but evil dark satanic witches. Darkecho was focussed on horror, and so the story had to fit the genre. I’d like to say this is the only reason I wrote such dark material, but I must admit that even my romance and fantasy stories often went down a morbid path. I once placed third in a romance writing contest, in spite of the hero turning into a werewolf and killing a load of people. The editor said I’d have placed higher in the contest if I had put more sex and less carnage.
This Darkecho contest was a challenge. The judges were professional published writers, and editors. They also read every story blind, meaning they were not allowed to see the name of the person who wrote it until after the winners were chosen. I was just a young punk at the time, cheeky. They didn’t know that though. Actually, I made the decision early on that I wanted to be an editor, since I saw right away it was the editor/publishers who were in charge of things. I still liked to write though, but it was bad form to publish yourself in hardcopy magazines: So, I entered the Darkecho Wicked Witch Contest.
How’d I do? I took second place, which was a huge honour considering Darkecho attracted wonderful writers, many you might know by name. For the sake of history, and because I still actually hold the rights to this piece of my youth, I’m including it here. I’m still fine tuning it though since I just typed it up, so don’t judge me too harshly if you catch a typo. It’s also a bit long, so takes more time to read than the usual Moonletters post.