About My Writing
by David Owain Hughes
Two short story which we were assigned to read – “Hills Like White Elephants” and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, both by Ernest Hemmingway, helped instil the idea behind my short story ‘Hob’s’, which is very much the centrepiece – the glue, if you have it, in White Walls and Straitjackets. If you look very carefully, you will find references to both stories mentioned, my own work, films, music as some of the other characters from White Walls and Straitjackets, as their paths collide.
Why did I do this? Because I thought it was a cool, yet funny idea; that all these psychos living in such close quarters to each other.
By the time ‘Hob’s’ had been written, most of the other stories in the collection had all ready come together. I then built ‘Hob’s’ around them – once I had done this, I added little touches to some of the other stories – such as Crystal is mentioned in ‘Stitch’, etc…
Without real intention, I had melded all these stories together. The parts written in between the stories didn’t really come about until I presented the collection to the original publishers, who suggested I do it, and that turning a few of the stories into comics would give it a Creepshow Magazine effect.
Again, pretty cool idea.
But, if you’ve read the book, you will know there’s a five year history behind the project, and it didn’t quite turn out the way it had first been planned. However, it’s looking rather sharp. Ideas for some of the other stories, such as ‘The Quiet Room’, ‘Mr. Tickles’ and ‘T.M.M’, all came from listening to too much Alice Cooper!
About the Book
Author: David Owain Hughes
Length: 214 pages
Release Date: May 30, 2015
Synopsis: Meet Crystal and Harry – lovers who work in the entertainment business: after murdering three critics for poor reviews, they decide to skip town and head for the coastline. Once there, they know things will be fine – it’ll be a chance to start fresh. A new beginning. But, before they head to the seaside, Crystal must first visit her sister at a mental hospital – after all, it’s Crystal’s fault her sibling is there…
As they start their journey, Harry discovers a book in the van’s glove compartment – White Walls & Straitjackets. The author in unknown, but whoever he is, he seems to know a lot about the deadly duo and other nutjobs who inhabit the Rhondda Valleys, south Wales.
As lives and stories collide, Crystal and Harry soon discover escaping the Valleys won’t be as easy as they think. Especially with another serial killer hot on their heels…
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WHITE WALLS AND STRAITJACKETS (BOOK PAGE)
BARNES AND NOBLE
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