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Just Flotsam

She wandered, through the waves
Flowing with the breeze,
I followed sinking footsteps
Left in a crumbling sand.

Slowly, she turned and smiled at me
Soft eyes glowing in the melting sun,
As one pale hand slipped into mine
And the sea melted away to black.
One salted kiss and then we parted
Just flotsam in a restless sea.

I headed for the land
To a solitary harbour inn
Shedding shades of disrepair,
Herded to that darkened corner

For the lonely and the lost
I shivered in the chilling breeze
A single tear drop fell and crashed
Into my empty glass as silently
I pleaded for my sanity as
She floated through the door.

By P.J.Reed ©2014

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P.J. Reed - writer of warlocks and other magical creatures

P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University,  an MA from Bradford University and has dabbled in psychology with the OU. 

She is an outrageously eclectic writer.

Her work has appeared in a wide variety of online and print magazines, anthologies and collections. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the National Poetry Anthology award. In 2018 P.J. won the Forward Poetry 'Circle of Life' competition for her poem 'The Empty Chair.'

She has published two collections of dark romantic and Gothic horror poetry - The Wicked Come and Pretty Wicked Creatures.

P.J. Reed is on Twitter at:https://twitter.com/PJReed_author

"Where there is no imagination there is no horror." Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

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The Red Shirt Effect

I do enjoy watching rather off-centre films particularly the sci-fi post-apocalyptic ones which are on offer on Netflix – I am also quite partial to the small budget, independent ones. They all have something to offer even if they are hated on ‘Rotten Tomatoes’. However, the last two films I watched, I noticed a slightly unnerving pattern occurring.

The colonies under attack were both led by elderly but physically strong, black men who mentored a younger, more attractive (white) male. In each case this proved disastrous as the elderly leader died protecting the colony and the younger male took his place. To be an elderly black male in these films seemed to be a death warrant with the life expectancy of s red shirt in a Star Trek expedition or as I call it the ‘Red Shirt Effect.’

Has anyone else noticed this trend?

I think while it’s great to have more ethnic diversity in films and books, the characters need to be real and natural.

I came up against this problem in my latest book ‘Welcome To Witherleigh.’ set in deepest darkest Devon where even people from the next village were regarded suspiciously as ‘bad’uns’, foreigners or even witches and this is set in modern times and based on a real village.

There seemed little chance of injecting ethnic diversity into my story, just no characters would naturally arrive in my story.

Fortunately, I then met Clem So at a Comicon.

He is the archetypal elderly Chinese baddie with long white hair who has been featured in many sci-fi films including Star Wars and Dr Who. Instantly a cameo character formed around him and the next day he was in my book, dropping quite a big story plot hint and hopefully being a completely real character who certainly does not die a wasteful, heroic death – you just do not want to get him angry as he is wielding a meat cleaver but then I am writing paranormal horror…. but hopefully realistic paranormal horror.

About P.J. Reed-

P.J. Reed is a writer of Warlocks and other Magical Creatures

‘Defiance’ the first instalment of The Torcian Chronicles, her dark fantasy adventure series is available in all good bookshops.

“Anyone who enjoyed The Lord of the Rings and all things magic will certainly enjoy The Torcia Chronicles: Defiance. Torcia, a peace-loving nation is under threat from the Mivirian hordes intent on the total destruction of Torcia and its people” H.E. Joyce

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She looked as beautiful as the summer they had met walking along the beachfront in Torquay one summer.  He liked to watch her sleep. She whispered in her sleep and rolled closer to him. He held his breath and hoped she would not hear him - hiding in her wardrobe.

- P.J. Reed

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Loving Horror

My love of all thing’s horror started when I was very young and caught my parents watching Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Dial M for Murder’ which left a lasting image of someone dialing on an old style in my mind forever. My next experience with horror was being introduced to the world of Stephen King. After that I was fascinated with the power of horror to create powerful emotions  - excitement, fear, tension and a sense of foreboding  within its readers just through the setting a scene correctly. 

It is also healthy unless your audience dies of fright but then you’ve taken it a tad to far. Horror films can actually help ease symptoms of anxiety. It gives stress and feelings of anxiety a safety valve.  Watching a horror film is a way to escape the fears of real life. You know you are in a safe environment and that what you are see is not real but your adrenalin responses are very real.

So basically horror does you good!

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Inspiration Points

The start of a story, that moment when an idea begins to form and then explodes into a million different characters, places, and events is one of the most exciting times for an author.

It arrives naturally and sometimes you have to be patient but when the creative spark hits your life changes forev…

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