As previously mentioned, I wrote “The Intermediaries” for a contest, and that contest happened to involve a word limit. That limit was one thousand words, and while I did manage to pull it off and got decent praise for the story I created, I felt a little cheated. This challenge was a ghost story, and I love horror. Specifically I love the gory, the groady, the creepy, crawly, slithering terror. I love the visuals and the emotional. And those kinds of things are really, really hard to cram into a thousand word story when you also have to establish things like setting and character background.
So, as also previously mentioned, I decided to do an expanded cut! This version of the story blossomed to just over three thousand words, and I personally think that it’s vastly superior to the original. In fact, between my personal love of this version and a lovely review and suggestion from a friend, I’m officially considering this the first story in what will eventually become an anthology of short stories published by yours truly. Look forward to it in the future! (Though, probably the less-than-near future, since I don’t have much else to pull from yet and will have to, you know…write more short stories.)
In the meantime though, check out The Intermediaries – Extended Version on my Patreon!