The Real World

As writers, we spend a lot of time in fictional worlds. We make friends and enemies with imaginary people and try to tell their stories in creative and thrilling ways. However, we are also human beings and we have a place in the real world which can be at times, extremely difficult.

Most of you reading this will know a little bit about me, my name is Drew Forest and I like to write tales of horror and unusual circumstances. In fact, I thrive on doing so. Some of you may not know that my hometown and current residence is Manchester, UK. I’m sure you are all well aware of recent events that have struck this particular corner of the earth and I’m not here to relay the devastating facts that we are all now very familiar with. I wanted to write a short post to firstly pay my respects to the victims, their families and all that have been affected. This world has seen so many atrocities and the unfortunate truth is that these things happen all the time in all manner of different countries, and as despicable as these acts are, it always hits just a little bit harder when it occurs on your doorstep. I can’t even begin to make sense of it and I haven’t been quite the same since it happened which resulted in my need to take a bit of time out from social media. I didn’t feel quite right promoting my work or interacting with the horror community at this particularly sad time.

With my thoughts continually with everyone who is affected by any sort of devastation, wherever and whenever in this world, I am taking small steps at re-building a creative landscape for myself and others to escape the real world, even for just a few moments.

With that in mind, I would like to mention a couple of things.

Firstly, if you regularly visit Zombbbbbb! you may have discovered that I posted the last few episodes of Season Two over the last few days. I consciously decided not to actively promote them since some of the content (though written well before the events in Manchester) bore some striking similarities. In fact, as I went back to edit them, I was a little shocked at how some of the events that took place in the story had a bizarrely horrifying connection with events in the real world. I’m not one for self-censoring my work – however, I made the decision to re-write them as respectively and as sensitively as I could. The last thing I wanted to do was to upset anyone with a work of fiction that is meant to be just that – fiction. I want people to escape and enjoy my stories, and though a part of that involves something of an emotional rollercoaster, I don’t want to trigger any sort of trauma. I’m really impressed with how Zombbbbbb! has turned out and the story has become something I am very proud of so if you want to find out how the series ends, please check it out here. I have some great ideas for Season Three and I am intrigued to hear your thoughts on the last two cycles.

One last thing I would like to share is a recent review of ‘The Corpse Rooms’ on the horror website http://www.horrorscreamsvideovault.co.uk It’s always very rewarding and insightful to hear other peoples views on something I’ve spent so much time working on. Of course, positive reviews are preferable but constructive criticism can be just as vital. I wanted to say a big thank you to Peter ‘Witchfinder’ Hopkins for the review and inclusion on his site. Read the review here.

I wanted to keep this brief so that’s your lot for now. As a final note I would like to say, I hope to keep writing if not for others then for myself. We all have to try and live our lives in a way that is as joyful and as optimistic as ever despite difficult and often upsetting circumstances. If we can unite in peace and be good to one another, then we have achieved something truly wonderful.

-D.R.F

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