a work of fiction by Nickolaus A. Pacione inspired by a few ghost stories and by Reality Check. Easy one of the eeriest stories by Pacione.
This new story is one inspired by Reality Check in the way it is done, but the difference between this one and my story on Reality Check are very telltale, namely this story is one I didn't use any gore to tell a horror story. Though it might have a lot of harsh language, but this one is rated R for the language. The writers who inspired this short story are Casey Gordon, Terry Vinson, and Macey Wuesthoff then the older writers Algernon Blackwood and William Hope Hodgson. Simon if you want a story for The AuthorsDen Anthology, this one is available. I am making this story entirely available, but if you want to see this one in a chapbook, let me know -- I think I could contribute something with this one as well. In that sense, I will get a lot of harsh critiques telling me quit writing but I am not going to listen to them.
I remembered the guidelines Thomas Long, Jr. put out for Reality Check -- and wanted to do some stories inspired by Reality Check -- as a thank you to Thomas, I wrote this story. This is my first story on a new computer and in that I will leave this introduction, the inspiration for the Gray Woman in the story is a ghost story in Louisianna, and the other inspiration was a college in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. I will have a few real ghost stories written inside of my fiction, and it is often the case with some of my other ghost stories -- ie, Resurrection Mary when I wrote The Ferryman's Wheelchair then later writing about it on The Ghostly Neighbor. This one is a mid-paced story for those who found Ferryman's too frantic for them. As some might of liked that one there as just as many who hated it, but that's fine too. So in that I was working on this story here -- the one titled "In The Reflection of A Lens."
I didn't realize that this story did have a mystery vibe, I was thinking it was more a literary fiction story. But for me as a Literary Fiction author, this will be a dark story for the genre. This story -- I will say I took a little bit of the approaches I wrote Halloween On Camera, Bite of the Spider, House of Spiders, and the upcoming sequel with Barbara Marjanovic, but the difference between the two other stories in those three are that I use a lot of gore but it is in there for a reason --- Halloween on Camera had no gore in it -- this I try to keep it to a minimum, with all respect to the Lutz's this story is a work of fiction. When I do a horror story I can go either way with the gore or without the gore. This one came to be after finishing Joline Lieck's book Shadows on the Wall. (A tip of the hat goes to Ms. Lieck, thank you for inviting me to pick up that book.) The style would be in the similar vibe to Casey's story, Leech House, but Macey will recognize the vibe I was going for when I wrote this. (Thank you for inspiring me buddy, since you said you wanted to write horror in its purist of forms. This was inspired from that vibe you gave with your story.) So with that being said -- I encourage you, the reader to read this one for the sake of enjoying it. I do make some Aleister Crowley referrences in this story -- and that will be the first I do so but there are no referrences to Satanism in this one. So in close the story will be available as a download on the Den. Finally I posted this story on my home website, WRITINGS FROM THE GRAVE in its entirely as a PDF file.
The story isn't for the faint of heart, but it is available on here as a PDF downloadable. So with that being said, hope you're not disappointed by this one. I've busted my ass in the early part of 2005 to write this story, it was almost lost when my first computer died out. I was about 5000 words into the story then it crapped out for good. So with the new computer I decided to write an entirely new story, the end result was the story you see here. In The Reflection Of A Lens. You can also read this one in the second collection, The Writings Collected: Vol 2.
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|Reviewed by William Haynes
|I'm glad you brought this one to my attention. Excellent ghost write, well done indeed|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by Terry Vinson
This did indeed have that classic 'Poltergeist' feel. 'Phantom' type stories I find the hardest to write, but you struck a cord of originality here. Enjoyed the read, as usual...
|Reviewed by Robert Montesino
|A very unique & creative piece of work here Nick! One of your best yet, Ghost stories are a hard write and you've really proved yourself here adding a new angle on an old theme, great job!|
|Reviewed by Patricia Gomes
|Nikolaus: This has a Blair Witch feel to it. Probably because you use present tense and a "docu" voice. I like the camera direction - adds a theater sense to the whole thing, makes the reader feel they're part of the action. Highly unusual, but very effective.
When your next book comes out, I wouldn't be adverse to writing a review. Like your style!
|Reviewed by Lee Garrett
|An interesting work. It steps out with it's sequencing from previous works, approaching mainstream without loosing the "difference" that is your unique style. I'd recomend loosing the first paragraph which only slows the hook and the bonding to a POV. If the biographical data in the narritive intrusion is important, it can be brought in later in the story. This would strengthen the launch of the story. Over all, an excellent work with an original concept.|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
A fascinating, well composed trip into horrors unimagined--excellent dialogue and action! BRAVO!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|excellent story yet again, nickolaus, very well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
A good account of the events that took place. That was well-written and very interesting indeed.
Sandie May Angel :o)
Nickolaus A. Pacione