When I first started writing, almost a year ago, a writer wrote me up with some helpful advice. We started to discuss ethics, stories and critiquing each other's work. He turned out to be one of the most helpful writers I have met.
Shroud came in the mail last month. I've been reading those a bit, but I had to jump ahead and read Ben's story, "Full Circle."
"Full Circle" is a shocking little piece about a man named Arthur. Him and his wife are on a vacation, diving off the shores of Azores. He had heard about monolithic statues under the sea there. While inspecting the underwater ruins, something darts past and cuts his leg.
What follows is a fast paced story that earned him his first spot in Shroud Magazine. I've been finding this magazine to be increasingly good. Mr. Deal does a great job selecting and editing these stories.
"Full Circle" was creepy to read. The way he describes people interacting is smooth and he never forces you out of a story. I can't tell you much, but the end of the story involves body snatcher-like things! The descriptions can make your skin crawl.
Deffinately worth the read. Ben is a great person to follow on Twitter, Facebook and his blog. Check him out in Shroud #11.
Ben on Facebook.