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Daniel Brophy from Taunton, MA is reading The Power of One July 4, 2012 - 11:24am

@GaryP Thank you, sir. 

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. July 4, 2012 - 1:03pm

The challenge is a bit slow so far, in regards to reviews and such. I can't point fingers though, I'm falling behind on doing reviews. But I can't wait until it starts to pick up a bit.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 4, 2012 - 4:56pm

I haven't had any real time to read, but will hopefully do a little here and there. Dakota's was the only one I've read thus far.

Finished mine today. Or I think so. Not sure when I'll post it. It's a touch more gratuitous than I'm used to, but I met all the requirements. 3 deaths, in my hometown (El Cerrito, CA, and uses several local landmarks), has several original monster concepts which I adapted from a novel I finished 3/4 of several years ago and then abandoned, and is at about 2,400 words. I think it reads pretty quick, and it doesn't violate my "horror should always have some thought and philosophy behind it" rule despite being fairly gratuitous.

I'm nervous about posting it. I like it, but I got it to where it is in about 3 hours and am afraid I'm still looking at it through rose-colored goggles.

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iamsnaggletooth July 4, 2012 - 5:01pm

Where do you people get your courage?

I need some of it. 

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres July 4, 2012 - 5:45pm

I strongly recommend everyone getting in there and trying to read at least a few of the stories.  Being the new guy, I don't know how these challenges usually go, but everything I've read has been enjoyable in one way or another.  Some really good stuff out there, so congrats to everyone who's been brave enough to post so far.  

I've never been part of an online writer's group of any kind before, so to me all of this is very exciting!

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

Shit. I just read mine again. I kind of hate it.

I knew I should have just posted the bloody thing. Now I'll have to rewrite it 5 times before I'm happy again.

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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch July 5, 2012 - 7:12am

So I think I'm going to go ahead and try to submit something for this. I never written horror(though I'm sure some of my first drafts have scared people..)so this should be a good way to spread my wings. I'm also going to start reading people's stories today.

If I win a cup, do I have to fill it up with coffee?

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff July 5, 2012 - 8:35am

So, my first horror (fiction) is up on Scare Us! Here. A Presidential Stroll. Weird stuff. Now I can read Howie's. And other horrors.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 5, 2012 - 9:53am

Well, I just posted The Pursuit of Love and Labor. I hope it doesn't suck. If nothing else, it's got genitals.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters July 5, 2012 - 10:46am

"I hope it doesn't suck. If nothing else, it's got genitals."

So does Utah, that doesn't mean he doesn't suck.

Actually, i have not read your story so it could be masterful.  And I have no conclusive proof on the above mentioned genitals, I'm just assuming.

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry July 5, 2012 - 10:51am

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. July 5, 2012 - 10:53am

I find that, when in doubt, it's always safest to assume genitals.

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Chad Stroup from San Diego is reading Primal Screamer by Nick Blinko July 7, 2012 - 11:37am

I've only had time to read one story, but I hope to get through at least a couple more over the weekend. If anyone's dying to check out another story and has the time, please take a look at "Emaciated Man." I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, but I think only like two people have read it so far.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. July 7, 2012 - 10:44pm

Here's a question . . . What are the limitations on editing?  How much are you allowed to change a story once it's been submitted? 

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff July 8, 2012 - 2:46am

@Arlane, oh, don't ask me. I'm basically workshopping my story within the contest. I'm just not good enough to write dry with no feedback at all. Yet.

I'm trying to get some reactions, then I'll upload a more refined version of A Presidential Stroll, when I'm ready. No one bashed me for this reason. Yet.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer July 8, 2012 - 2:46pm

I just uploaded a story titled "Patchwork." I don't normally write creature horror, so I would love to get some feedback on it. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.

http://litreactor.com/events/scare-us/patchwork

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun July 9, 2012 - 10:33am

So here is the list of the first 7 people to win LitReactor mugs!

  • szainabwilliams
  • Joanna Parypinski
  • Jane Wiseman
  • sean of the dead
  • Marc Ferris
  • lspieller
  • Michael J. Riser

If your name is on this list, you should be getting an email from me shortly. Congrats, everyone! Thanks to getting Scare Us off to a good start. There are a lot more cool things coming, so keep on reading and writing, people!

 

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szainabwilliams from Los Angeles is reading Beyond Good and Evil July 9, 2012 - 10:51am

Awesome!! Thanks!

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 9, 2012 - 11:16am

Woohoo! Thanks guys.

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Jane Wiseman from living outside of Albuquerque/in Minneapolis is reading Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks July 9, 2012 - 12:33pm

Wow! Thanks! I will sip from it proudly!

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Bob Pastorella from Groves, Texas is reading murder books trying to stay hip, I'm thinking of you, and you're out there so Say your prayers, Say your prayers, Say your prayers July 9, 2012 - 1:16pm

I finished my story this afternoon, and will be giving it the  MS Word Grammar check once over this evening, hopefully uploading it tonight. I'm looking forward to reading all of the monster goodness inside these walls. 

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lspieller from Los Angeles July 9, 2012 - 3:31pm

thank you! Can I say I'm an award winning author now? ;)

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres July 9, 2012 - 3:50pm

I'm super excited about a coffee mug, thank you!

I'm also super excited about the fact that not a single story so far (unless I've missed one or misread one) has used the cop-out of "it was just a dream."  There's nothing worse than that, in ANY genre, but especially horror. That being said, to any future story that may have that as it's premise, I'm always open to being proven wrong.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 9, 2012 - 4:40pm

Got my first bad review! Which I deserve if for no other reason than my personal life has intruded completely on my reading. I really need to put the beer away.

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun July 9, 2012 - 7:21pm

I'm happy you guys are all having fun so far! That's what this is all about.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry July 9, 2012 - 8:12pm

I thought it was about getting chicks.  You lied to me, Kirk!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 10, 2012 - 8:17am

i'm still trying to get something written for this, when is the deadline to post up again, end of july? ugh, sorry, worked 67 hours last week in six days, exhausted.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 10, 2012 - 10:02am

Richard, I think you just posted your horror story. Scarier than mine in one sentence. Jesus.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 10, 2012 - 1:45pm

a players gotta get paid, yo

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun July 10, 2012 - 1:53pm

Yep, you have till the end of July, Richard. Have a drink and a chill pill, then get snapping!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry July 10, 2012 - 3:21pm

Or smoke some weed and write something happy.

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun July 10, 2012 - 3:58pm

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz July 11, 2012 - 11:25am

Did someone mention weed?

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch July 11, 2012 - 3:13pm

Jane and Lauren, way to go!!! 

Off to submitting my first horror story, so be merciful, people.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 11, 2012 - 3:15pm

thanks, kirk. i have an idea, been flitting around my head for a few weeks, just haven't had time to sit down and flesh it out. 

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. July 11, 2012 - 4:02pm

Bob Pastorella and Richard Thomas, I'll do a review on your guy's stories if I can get the favor returned. 

Eh? Eh? Yeah. :D

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 11, 2012 - 5:45pm

if i WRITE one, sure.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones July 11, 2012 - 7:15pm

oooo *debates joining*

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. July 11, 2012 - 9:18pm

Blood and red ink everywhere!  Anyone care to take a look and the new and improved A Thousand Cuts? (Although most of the ink was really black or pencil.  Ah well!)

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. July 11, 2012 - 9:19pm

@Liana - Hey, if they tear it too shreds, you can always change it ;)  Give it a few more teeth, maybe some claws, and then send it out to hunt the nay sayers ;)

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons July 11, 2012 - 10:06pm

I can't believe I'm 1200 words in to a horror story! I like my starting, but I don't know if i will finish because I'm hedging around the horror part. I read the other stories to see how others do it. Is that cheating? If I submit this it will be an accomplishment in itself. Such a new genre for me.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 11, 2012 - 10:53pm

Reading is never cheating. Reading is how you learn.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz July 12, 2012 - 4:23am

stealing art is art if you know how to launder the loot®

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XyZy from New York City is reading Seveneves and Animal Money July 12, 2012 - 5:53am

stealing laundry is art if you know how to defruit the loom®

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like July 13, 2012 - 4:46am

stealing hard copies of old computer games is art if you know how to derez the eua®

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Lawrence from Dallas, Texas is reading Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King July 13, 2012 - 8:48am

Okay, I've read a lot of the stories and really like all of them. Everytime I read another I end up editing mine again. I also keep going over 4,000 words and have to cut and cut. Then I end up editing more because of the things I cut out. 

Do you see a cycle here? 

Anyways have to quit being a complainer and post this puppy. I am re-reading once more on my lunch break and then posting. I hate only reading for grammar mistakes but its that time..

 

Everyone is doing a great job. This has been a lot of fun. 

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Lawrence from Dallas, Texas is reading Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King July 13, 2012 - 11:11am

I finally posted my story. I hope you guys like it. It's called HOWL. Thanks! 

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Wonder Woman from RI is reading 20th Century Ghosts July 13, 2012 - 2:17pm

I'm almost 2,000 words into my short story. I'm very excited at how the words are just pouring onto the paper (er, keyboard). This will be my first submission, so I'm anxious, but looking forward to it. Can't wait to read some submissions soon!

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz July 13, 2012 - 3:55pm

Welcome wonderwoman!

I had the chance to read a few more myself - some really good, fun stuff so far. I have a festival this weekend but hopefully get to read some more when I get home.

As for me, I'm working on my first LitReactor submission as well. I think mine is turning out to be more horror/adventure/satire - a challenge as I've never done something like this before. It's starting to get to be a lot fun. But I'm at about 2700 words and entering into the final scenes. It's gonna be tough. Looks like I'm going to have to hack it up afterwards to make it nice & tight.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. July 16, 2012 - 7:59pm

Another question.  Which is the most appropriate way to post an updated version of a story: in the same slot with edit or as a new post marking it as a later draft?