Update #1: “The Citizen”

Hello, splatter lovers! And, welcome to the updated home of Cutting Edge Horror. Hopefully, you like the new design, with the rather ostentatious display of my first novel, The Citizen, on the front page. I am pretty excited to be working on this project, even though it is a little stressful at times. As a first-time indie author, I am doing all the legwork, book design and marketing included, which comes with quite the steep learning curve. But, I am really enjoying it, and have high hopes that it will all turn out well.

For this post, I wanted to do something a little different than my normal movie and film reviews. I wanted to talk a little bit more about The Citizen. It is a story that has been long in the making. I started writing it back in 2015, when the idea came to me while I was hanging out in a college lobby. I scribbled the idea down, and before I knew it, I had written a couple of thousand words. Full obsession mode struck me and it was all I could think about. I wrote and wrote, but then I committed the cardinal sin of writing: I read what I had of my first draft, hated it, and promptly started rewriting it all.

For the next month, I rewrote the first 15,000 words at least twelve times. By the time I was going for number thirteen, I was frustrated. I lost track of what the story was even about and put it away for almost a year.

Fast forward to early 2017. With a new perspective, I came back to The Citizen and vowed to not rewrite it until I was finished with the first draft. Currently, I am 20,000 words in, and terrified every time I sit down to write. Of what I am afraid of, I don’t know. Maybe it’s that I won’t be able to do justice to the story, or that no one will like it when it is finished. But, in the end, that is not what I write for. I write for the joy of it, and the rush of letting the characters tell me their stories. And, I think you are going to like the story that Lysa, the protagonist, tells.

Lysa has never been like the other citizens of utopia-like Silo, who are a simple, peace-loving type. She has always been suspicious that The Silo is not the utopia that it claims to be. Her suspicions are confirmed when she witnesses a secret, heinous act of violence against another citizen. Unable to make sense of what she witnessed, she is no longer able to hide her disdain for The Silo. Lysa is condemned to death for questioning their ways, and she narrowly escapes with her life. As she struggles to survive, she learns more about The Silo and its sordid past, and must determine where her loyalties lie.

I think we all can identify with Lysa to some degree. A lot of us don’t feel like anyone understands who we are and why we do what we do, and we all are in search for that place of understanding. And, sometimes, the things that we take for granted – work, friends, family, society – surprise us, and show us a dark side that we might not be able to make full sense of. It is for these universal struggles that I hope Lysa resonates with the reader. And, of course, on top of all that philosophical crap, there is going to be a lot of horror intertwined with the dystopian feel. A somewhat exhaustive list includes mutant humans and animals, lots of bloodshed, and horrible sciencey things.

Until next time, thank you for your patience and your support while I undertake this journey, and while Cutting Edge Horror is being reorganized. I am sure there are parts of the site that are still not working and will lead you to nowhere-land. But, never fear, I will prevail and find them all eventually.

Horror on!

~A.K.

 

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