On Friday the 13th it was announced that the Nasa space probe Voyager One made history as the first ever spacecraft to move into interstellar space. But Voyager One also chalked up another historical event as it left our solar system. It captured two “space shrieks” on its on-board instruments that were transmitted back to our planet
Now the house feels very empty…and quiet.
I’ve spent the past two days cleaning and washing and sorting the house until it looks fresh. It also looks empty. I decided this morning to take a few pictures and describe this silent location I live in. So tighten up your belts, the tour starts now.
The first thing you’ll see coming into my abode will be the front hallway –
Not too exciting by anyone’s standards but it is mine and it leads into the kitchen.
Then, if you turn around and go straight to your left you enter…The front room, aka sitting room.
Then if you go up the stairs the first room you come to will be this one –
Then the very empty and too quiet second bedroom –
And finally my last refuge at night, the master bedroom!
I’ve stopped the tour here. Why? Well because as the post title says “Getting Used to the Silence” and that is a bit of a misnomer. I’ve discovered that since I have become the sole occupant of this house, that it makes one hell of a row at night. Especially at bedtime and especially just as I’m drifting off to sleep.
I don’t know how I never noticed it before. the house: creaks, pops, shuffles (I know, weird right), groans, snaps and makes a myriad of other sounds that defy description.
The end result of this cacophony of noise? Me jumping back awake every two minutes or so until I’ve convinced myself that, “Yes the downstairs doors were all locked and bolted. And yes, you are alone in the house!”
I personally blame the emptiness, and the pervading quiet that disarms me and is taking ages to get used to.
But honestly, it is allowing me to get on with my new-found work (I’m writing for Rogue Cinema and I’m now a part of the staff with owner/editor Duane L Martin and a bunch of other folks (including Misty Layne from Cinema Schninema).
I’m also signing on with Tomorrow Comes Media to participate in their author’s tour programme as well as writing my own blog and trying to write my first book (along with creating more short stories for a collection).
My cup truly “runneth over.”
So I’m trying to get used to the silence (except at night) and working on a schedule that will allow me to do everything and get to spend some quality me-time in my back garden.
- Once Bitten, Twice Shy (mikesfilmtalk.com)
- The sounds of silence (annabelfrage.wordpress.com)
- Silence… (mchanica.wordpress.com)
- The Sound of Silence (writingsistersblog.wordpress.com)
- Where Is Silence? (toknowbeauty.wordpress.com)
- Day of Silence (kimberlymodica.wordpress.com)
- Silence (excerptsnmusings.wordpress.com)
- Awkward Silence (love1always.wordpress.com)
- Are you ready for a retreat into ‘The Silence’ (lalitaraman.com)
Skull Full of Kisses is a ten story collection of Michael West’s short fiction. I can tell you know, that if you go to read this collection, you will find no two stories alike. Each and every one is different, unique and damned scary.
There is a short story in there for everyone.
West gives us glimpses of the horrific haven of Harmony, Indiana and a look at the Lovecraftian village of Colonial Bay; where you definitely don’t want to ask the question – What’s a nice girl like you, doing in a place like this?
There’s a great little place that’s just out of reach in the desert unless you take Einstein’s Slingshot; a one-way ride into the realm of nightmares and things that like human flesh.
While I’d love to set here and give little “teasing” clues about what is in the book and the themes of each story, I won’t.
What I will do is urge you to read these…quickly…while with friends…and in the daylight. If you attempt to read these alone, slowly, or at night, you might just have bad dreams. Or more correctly nightmares.
When Michael West tells a scary story, nothing can be considered safe. Not even your loving girlfriend who never wants to let you go (For Her).
At the beginning of this post, I said that all the stories were scary. I will hold my hand up and admit that this is a lie. I will not divulge the title of this particular tale. I’ll let you stumble upon as I did, by reading this collection. It is, I think, my favourite and no, it is not scary in the traditional sense, but is it very good.
West has a little “afterward” in his collection where he talks about what gave him the idea for each story and when it was originally published. It is a fascinating look into the mind of a horror writer. He warns about not reading this section before you read the stories as there could be spoilers hidden there.
I would listen to him. If you skip to the back, he might find out. And, I don’t know, you could wind up in one of his stories.
Now where I might find that entertaining (there’s nothing worse than one of those people who jump to the back of the book) if you are one of those people, I cannot think of a better punishment. Because as much as I love being scared by West’s scary denizens in his stories, I’d hate to have to deal with them.
Another great addition to the Michael West collection I already own and I will now wait (not so) patiently for his next offering of terror.
A real 5 out of 5 for creative and non-repetitive horror. If this collection was a musical instrument, it would be the Stradivarius of its peers; playing with a deeper and more resonant sound than other stories in the genre.
- Poseidon’s Children by Michael West: Lovecraftian Lunacy (mikesfilmtalk.com)
- The Wide Game by Michael West: Top-Notch Terror (mikesfilmtalk.com)
- Cinema of Shadows by Michael West (mikesfilmtalk.com)
- STABBING THROUGH THE BLACKNESS: an interview with AJ ASHWORTH (michaelstewartxxx.wordpress.com)
- Getting Started (irebelrae.wordpress.com)