The Friday Challenge - 10/24/08
Therefore, honoring him with a Halloween-themed story contest now seems like a truly bad idea.
However, the challenge still stands. The guy had a great gift for the scare-the-heck-out-of-you moment and the turn-your-guts-to-ice scene. I understood why he chose not to write for professional publication — I disagreed with that choice and tried to convince him to change his mind, and failed — but I think that talent of his magnitude warrants some kind of appropriate recognition. Somewhat sheepishly, then, I now rename this the First Annual Bane Memorial Frightening Fiction Contest, and we'll look for a more fitting date on which to hold it next year.
But as I said, the challenge remains. We're looking for the best short story that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. You can try to write it in Bane's style, if you think you can, but his was a remarkable talent, and if you don't think you can pull it off you're better off aiming for the style of a lesser writer, like Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe.
P.S. And if you really want to do something worthwhile in his memory, consider visiting his blog site and chipping in a contribution to the medical expenses fund.
With much embarrassment,
[The First Rule of Being a Professional Writer is: Paying work on deadline always comes first.]I'm not complaining. I have paying work to do, and in economic times such as these I'm not about to turn up my nose at any legal work.
Still, while I've not been ignoring your contributions to the Friday Challenge, I certainly haven't been holding up my end of the conversation, either. I will try to get caught up on all of that this weekend, but in the meantime, I have a new Friday Challenge for you that must be announced today. Introducing—
That's right. Bane is gone — for real this time, sadly, but that's another story — but love him, hate him, or fear him, you must admit, the guy knew how to tell a creepy tale. Ergo, in honor of the passing of our late mutual friend/foe/sparring partner/bête noire, that's this week's challenge: write a genuinely scary story.
The deadline for this challenge is midnight Central time, Thursday, October 30, with all entries to be posted on the morning of Friday, October 31. As always, we're playing by a penumbra of emanations from the official Friday Challenge rules, and playing for whatever is behind Door #2, unless I happen to think of something more fitting in the next few days. Any questions?
Bane wouldn't have wasted time asking questions...