Today My short story Fungi was posted on Literotica.com as part of their 2010 Halloween Story Contest. I have to admit that I am more than a little excited. For those of you who do not know I have always considered horror to be My genre of choice. In fact almost everyone I went to school with knew I was the creepy horror guy, and if there was ever an assignment that required writing chances were good that I would write a horror story in some way shape or form. I have been waiting with somewhat baited breath for the story to post, especially since it has been listing as pending with 10/01/10 beside it since the day after it was submitted.
A few weeks ago I submitted As Seen Through The Eyes Of The Young to Lit, and it was rejected due to some content concerns, despite the fact it was a non-erotic story being submitted to a predominantly erotic site. I understood their reasoning, and could tell from the wording of the rejection they were at real pains with having to reject the story, and even admitted they had spent a lot of extra time looking over the story and debating what to do. Those in the know are aware that the moderators at Literotica and I do not see eye to eye on the way they allow commenters to bash certain genres and lifestyle with no worry of retaliation from the site. However they are about the best place for horror erotica, which is where most of My horror stories are going to lean to being.
I submitted A Letter To Doctor Freudstein to Lit this afternoon, and I have no doubt it will be the first choice for the horror novel I am working on.
I originally wrote Fungi in 1995, and it has, until three weeks ago, been stored on a 3.5 inch DSHD mini-disk. It was more of a straight forward horror story, but I had the idea for more juicy elements from the beginning, so the transition from horror to erotic horror was quite easy. Before today the story had been read by two people. When I last checked it had been viewed over 2,000 times. Yay! Thanks Al Gore for inventing the internet!
The story initially came about because I was living in Missouri at the time, and one afternoon someone brought this huge morel mushroom they had found in the woods to show us. It was sitting in the bottom of a 50 pound paper grocery bag which had been cut in half. I thought it looked like a big orange brain, and immediately it reminded Me of the Fungoids, a cheap creature of the month from the 1973 (and I am pretty sure the year is right) Doctor Who serial Planet Of The Daleks. After seeing the thing I could not stop thinking about it, and it also reminded Me of a Japanese movie called Attack Of The Mushroom People that I had seen on Dr. Paul Bearer's Creature Feature at least a few dozen times growing up. The movie is actually a Toho film originally named Matango and unfortunately I have yet to see a subbed and uncut version of the film.
So in the dead of night, as I often had to while living in Missouri with my ex and her mother, I began writing. I incorporated the fact I was aware of My two inspirations into the dialogue of the story. The killer puffballs near the end were also slightly inspired by the "killer tumbleweeds" in a later Doctor Who serial The Creature From The Pit. Probably the biggest departure from the original version of the story was that it was set in the spring and not in October.
Fungi was actually the first of two stories I wrote about the fictional town of Dead End Junction, Nebraska. The other story was a novel titled The Creeper, which was actually in itself mined from a story of the same title I wrote My junior year of high school. The events of that story took place a few weeks after the events of Fungi, and the characters from that story are mentioned. I really wanted to get a Dead End Junction Series started (and maybe now finally will). I wrote a few hundered pages of another intended novel The History Of Dead End Junction, which explains how the town came to exist, founded by the Graysons as mentioned in Fungi, and a couple of other novels set in the town before and after the events of The Creeper.
Either way, after a 15 year wait the first Dead End Junction story is online, and I have to say that there will be more to come in time. Please be sure to check it out, and I do hope you enjoy.