Triple Update on Lit Major Shoots Zombies

Alright, so I’m a little late in posting this notice, but I have a three-chapter update to the Lit Major Shoots Zombies story.  All three chapters follow the same narrative arc.  What begins as a simple trip to see if a local fortune-teller can help decipher Chris’ mysterious dreams quickly turns into a hunt for a mysterious entity that’s controlling the ravens around Kingsmouth.  Chris and Kaiyo will face danger as never before: and one of them will die!  No, honestly, one of them dies—I swear!

These chapters were fun to write and flowed naturally into one another for me, even if they did take some time.  They allowed me to do some good character development and to cover my favorite quest in The Secret World game so far.  “The Ravens” is a quest that, I think, does horror very well.  I think Extra Credits would agree (if you haven’t watched any of their videos and you’re interested in games, stories, or even history, you definitely should check them out).  “The Ravens” has the player doing fairly mundane tasks most of the time, simply following ravens around the map, but it uses those long stretches to build up tension as the mounting number of ravens signals increasingly to the player that something is not right about these birds.  Then you step in to circle of unnaturally-silent ravens, flying all around you, and then…well, I won’t spoil it in case any of you want to read the chapters or play the game for yourself!  Suffice it to say that is the only time a video game has made me truly jump out of my chair in fright.  The opponent you face is grusome or terrifying (well, unless you count the simple factor of the unknown as terrifying, which it definitely can be!), or even dangerous by the game’s standards, but the design of the quest works the horror in so well that it doesn’t need to be any of that to be one of the most memorable and frightening monsters a player will face in Kingsmouth.

Anyway, check it out if you’d like to see my tribute to such well-done horror, and read up on a dramatic turn in Chris’ adventures.  I hope you enjoy!  If you like it let me know.

Meanwhile I have other things I’ve been up to that need posting…

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Lit Major’s New Adventures (chapter 8 up)

So, I’m going to try to be using this site more to keep people up to date in what I’m doing writing-wise.  To that end, an update!

Lit Major Shoots Lighting was my original fan fiction story writen for The Secret World MMORPG and it was honestly something of an experiment.  The game itself is a unique blend of horror, action, myth, magic, and conspiracy theories in a modern day setting, and when writing the story I wanted to increase the immerse qualities of the game.  So I chose an unusual tense and point of view for the story: 1st person, present tense.  In many ways, it was a rewrite of my “The Secret Letters” short story.  I also honestly cut some corners in character development and by injecting myself and my reactions into the protagonist wherever something I hadn’t established wouldn’t conflict with them (the protagonist is female, so there are obviously some differences).  The story revolves around an ordinary English literature major, Christen “Chris” Warden, studying abroad in London who suddenly develops supernatural powers she cannot control and is contacted by the secret society of the modern-day Templars who offer to teach her to harness her powers if she joins their cause. Despite my cutting corners with the planning, strangely enough, the main character is one everyone seems to love and says is well developed.  Lit Major Shoots Lightning also been my most popular story so far, garnering nearly 3,000 views and enthusiastic fans eager for a sequel.

Well, those fans have been heard!  In September I started the sequel, Lit Major Shoots Zombies, wherein Chris makes good on her promise to help the Templars fight monsters and is deployed on her first mission, to the sleepy little town of Kingsmouth, Maine that’s been overtaken by a local zombie apocalypse.

It’s been a while since my last update, but chapter 8 just went up this Thursday, just in time for Halloween.  In it Chris strikes out on her own into the zombie-infested town, looking for supplies for the survivors holed up in the Sheriff’s Office at the edge of town.  It won’t be the first time she’s fought zombies in this story, but it will be her first time facing them down alone.

If it sounds interesting to you, give it a read and let me know what you think!  Reviews and comments are always appreciated.

Happy Halloween!