It’s totally wet, wild, frenzied and furious. And then there’s the rain to mention!
Windows, doors and several drenching downpours play important roles in the psychological thriller SEETHINGS. Two stand as metaphors for change — a delineation of opposing emotion (civil and evil), the third is set aside for a moment of extreme clarity.
Whenever the narrative comes upon a door or window (and it’s about to rain), the writing changes direction and voice. The character’s roles switch and the tension mirrors the weather pattern from the first raindrop to the moment the turbulent thunderstorm passes.
Writers use devices like these all the time. Sometimes they lead readers to a flashback. A clock or a mirror moves us from one viewpoint in a narrative to another. Often, the device is a clue. On this occasion, the clue is a door or window — but the tension’s catalyst comes from those first few drops of rain that falls ahead of a storm. There are several instances where they have been placed in the text and, although their meanings are easy to miss in the early chapters, they grow as the page count increases. It reaches its apex when a sliding glass door shatters! The door almost has its own life, murdered right in front of us. It’s massacred by a creature made of pure evil.
I had to re-write that chapter several times to get it just right. After finishing it, I needed to leave the writing alone for a day or two to get my head around the monster created that day. It felt so real that it frightened me!
So what did I create? You’ll have to read SEETHINGS to find out!
-Michael Forman (Author of Dark Fiction)
“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”
- Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.
Originally published at https://michaelformanevil.substack.com.