The Story Behind The Story #1 First Impressions

19 Apr

Welcome to the first in an on-going series where I explain how my ISFDB listed stories came into being.

As most people only ever normally see the end result; the story itself, I thought it would be fun to tell the story of what caused that story to exist.

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First Impressions, published by The Sirens Call, April 2014.

Contains spoilers for original story, so if you haven’t read it, go do that first, link as below:-

Click to access SirensCallEZine_April2014.pdf


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A bit of spoiler space.
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Spoilers coming up. If you haven’t read the story, do that first. Then come back.
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Did you go and read it? I did ask nicely.
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Story ideas can strike at any time, this one happened to occur to me on a Sunday evening as I was preparing my sunday tea. I was cutting up things for a salad, and the strangest of thoughts struck me.

Wouldn’t it be fun to take a really well known story and turn it so far around, it became an entirely new idea?  Then I thought again. How about taking said story, retaining as much of the original content but completely subverting it into a new direction no-one had ever tried before?

And there was the birth of First Impressions.

I wouldn’t say I am obsessed with the Red Riding Hood mythos, but you are more than welcome to accuse me of that. I won’t deny it either.

It’s a simple idea, but I was asking myself this question, “Don’t you think that cloak reminds you of something?

So I stood there slicing up tomatoes, saying out loud what that red hood cloak reminded me of.
When I stumbled across it.

Vampires. The classic Hammer vampire always wore a black cloak with a red lining.

Then my brain asked this, “What if Red Riding Hood was a vampire?
That’d explain why she was so confident about walking through wolf-infested woods to Granny’s house.

I finished making my salad, I went off and ate it, and then started writing that story.

Apart from the addition that Granny was also a vampire, the idea stayed exactly as it started.

That was the first horror story I ever had published. And as of today 19th April 2018, it still is.

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