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  1. What's Below--Fiction by Stacia Kane

    11 Comments by pepperlandgirl Published on 16 Oct 2009 03:46 PM
    A new story entry has been added:

    What's Below--Fiction by Stacia Kane


    It was the absinthe that did it.

    At least, that

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    Wow, that was deliciously creepy and awful! I really didn't see that particularly gruesome ending coming, either. I haven't read any of Stacia Kane's stuff before, but now I feel like I've been missing out.

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    Hmm. The style was a bit clumsy and self-conscious, and drew me out of the story, but it's damn hard to tell a story like that and have it sound natural. I hope Stacia keeps at it.

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    Quote Originally posted by Baldwin View post
    Hmm. The style was a bit clumsy and self-conscious, and drew me out of the story, but it's damn hard to tell a story like that and have it sound natural. I hope Stacia keeps at it.
    She's a multi-published author with Juno/Pocket Books and Del Ray. She actually had a lucrative career as a romance author, but "retired" that pseudonym to focus full time on her two very popular urban fantasy series.
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    Still have shivers down my spine from that! Would love to read more by Stacia.

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    Whee! I liked it! I'd like to see it expanded more fully though. Short stories are nice because there's no time commitment but this one seems like it would be a good bedtime read.

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    I guess it doesn't really matter, but the front page link for this article says there are five comments instead of 9.

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    Quote Originally posted by 5er View post
    In your opinion, you mean...which means nothing to me. And probably even less to anyone else. But wow, I can't wait to read your submissions, Spanky! Might wanna wait til you master it, though. Wanker.
    Moderator note: Please do not insult other members in this forum. If you want to call him (or anybody else) a wanker, please take it to The Pit of Rage.

    I loved it! I actually enjoy short stories more than novels because I have no patience. Will we get to read more by Stacia Kane?
    I might ask her to submit again in the future, but she's a busy lady!

    FWIW, Stacia wrote on her blog that this is a complete departure from her usual work. She never writes short stories or in the 1st POV. Given those facts, I thought it was quite effectively done.
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    I thought the writing was excellent. The narrator had a great voice that carried through the piece. The story itself left me with shivers. This was definitely enough to make me want to check out Stacia's other work.

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    Quote Originally posted by pepperlandgirl View post
    Quote Originally posted by 5er View post
    In your opinion, you mean...which means nothing to me. And probably even less to anyone else. But wow, I can't wait to read your submissions, Spanky! Might wanna wait til you master it, though. Wanker.
    Moderator note: Please do not insult other members in this forum. If you want to call him (or anybody else) a wanker, please take it to The Pit of Rage.
    I humbly apologize for calling Baldwin a wanker in a thread where it's inappropriate to use such descriptions. I shall restrain myself in the future.

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    Quote Originally posted by 5er View post
    I humbly apologize for calling Baldwin a wanker in a thread where it's inappropriate to use such descriptions. I shall restrain myself in the future.
    No problem. We all give in to anger sometimes; it's rarely useful to one's argument, though.

    Quote Originally posted by 5er
    I've yet to see you write anything positive on this board, Baldwin. Have you something constructive to offer? Even if you don't, is it so hard to appreciate that someone took the time and the effort to contribute her work in the hope we'd be entertained, and maybe acknowledge that with a word of thanks along with your criticism?
    If you mean the entire Mellophant board, then you're not familiar with my posting. If you mean the threads related to Front Page content, I'd have to say it doesn't matter whether a critique is positive or negative, as long as it's honest and to the point. I don't owe another writer praise, just a careful reading and a fair evaluation. I've gotten a lot of rejections, and the ones that included some specifics about why my story was inadequate have been helpful, even if they stung a bit.

    It is awfully nice for a full-time pro to give the Elephant a story as a favor. I've re-read "What's Below", and I think it would really take somebody like Ramsey Campbell or Harlan Ellison to make that story interesting to me. I'm just not the intended audience, so my critique is probably irrelevant.

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    This story was definitely worth waiting for. (I had to have help to see it)

    I didn't expect the ending and it was as spooky as hell to me. I'm looking forward to more Stacia Kane!
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