Behind the Tale
"Under the Blade" is a story I wrote back during my time at Ball State University about a father who will do anything to save his daughter. As a flash fiction piece, the tale is short and to the point. Consider it more of a series of vignettes than the longer sort of narrative you would expect from a novel or conventional short story.
The story has appeared in Down in the Dirt, as well as in the anthology Echo. It was also selected by the editors of Down in the Dirt to be feature in the anthology Ink in My Blood.
Read the story as a regular web page or in the blog format. Either way, I hope you enjoy! And many thanks for reading.
Back in August of 2018, I compiled a list of elements I felt made for a good horror story. Since then, it has become the most-read blog post on my website, a featured answer on query websites, and it has been linked in numerous discussions about horror around the web.
Without further ado, I believe a good horror story is broken down into fear, surprise, suspense, mystery, and spoiler.
This is how:
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.