Ever write anything so dark, so gruesome, that if it was ever in a film there’d be protests outside the cinema?
Did you ever scribble something that was so dark that Beta readers now avoid eye contact?
I have such a segment.
I’ve added it, taken it away, and then reinserted it.
It is cruel, on any objective measure it is indeed a dark collection of words.
But I wrote it.
I’m not a dark man, a sadistic or remotely cruel man, but write this thing indeed I did.
Writers somehow find those dark images and bring them into the light.
It is strange.
Quiet unassuming tea drinking man describes depravity…
I could delete it and many related passages.
I could paint it all magnolia sweetness and light with all the dramatic tension of an episode of the Brady Bunch.
I could, but I won’t.
Evil exists, glib euphemistic descriptors don’t do it, and especially for those who suffer and then survive, the truth of such events needs to be told.
I’m not a bad/sad man hiding behind blue eyes.
Empathy is key.
Torture porn isn’t my thing.
Maybe folk will wince, feal uncomfortable and read on – I hope they do.
Stay safe – be kind to yourself and be kind to as many other people as you can!