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Backstory contest submission


Over on WEbook, there's a contest going on that has to somehow deal with backstory involving two characters. It's a 300-word limit, and while I don't consider myself to be the greatest when it comes to flash fiction or short stories and all that, I decided to give it a shot.

Below is my entry, unrevised.

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Red by Jack Ketchum - Intro


The first book we'll be going through is from one of my all-time favorite authors, Jack Ketchum.

Back blurb:
It all started with a simple act of brutality. Three boys shot and killed an old man's dog. No reason, just plain meanness. But the dog was the best thing in the old man's world, and he wasn't about to let it pass. He wanted justice, and he'd make sure the kids paid for what they did, even if it cost him his life. They picked the wrong old man to mess with. And as the fury and violence escalate, they're about to learn that...the hard way.

What's interesting is the name of the old man isn't given, but it doesn't take away from the story, because all the boys see is an old man. They don't know his name, so it's not much of a bother for the reader to not know it here. It's also not as long as most back blurbs are, which means it gets straight to the point, basically.

The only thing that irks me is starting the "and" at the beginning of the sentence. I think it still could've been connected with the sentence prior. But ah well.

Before we start in on the book, here's what's going down: Instead of a full book review, I'll be going through each chapter and talking about it, so if anyone plans on reading this that hasn't already, there will be spoilers on what's going on. After I read a paperback book that I have, usually I'll end up selling it (I've got an eReader now days, and although my room is a library and I love all these books, freeing up space would be nice).

This concludes the Intro section. Next up will be the Chapter 1 critique!


Hullo everyone, and thank you for taking the time to drop by and check this blog out.

Basically, as if the title weren't a clue, this is not only a writing blog, but it's for those who love to read and critique books as well. I hope to build a community of friends that share the same interests (if not same genres) as everyone else.

With that being said, whether you enjoy writing your own poetry or short stories, enjoying reading different novels of different (or the same) genres, or are simply artistic in another way, I hope you enjoy your stay here. Go grab a cup of Starbucks and enjoy yourself.

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