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“Strings” by Darren Gallagher

Published on… August 13, 2014
Published as… Horror

Darren Gallagher’s Guest Post

Why did you choose to write horror?
Basically, I chose to write horror because I grew up around it. There was always someone telling a ghost story, or trying to scare you as a kid. Then when I broke into my teenage years, my brother was reading Stephen King — I think it was Nightmares and Dreamscapes. He would tell me about the stories he read, saying how great they were, and in turn that made me pick up the book and start reading. I got so into it that when he wanted to read the book he had to wait until I was finished whatever story I was reading. Finally he had enough and bought me The Shining, and from then on everything I’ve read, watching, played(computer games), it has all revolved around horror.

There are many different story lines and themes in “Strings” two of the stories however started out the same way. I attend a writing class every week, and on one of the nights the tutor gave us a trigger, it was ‘Red Alert’. Two little words and I let my imagination run wild. At first I liked the way the words sounded together but something pulled me away from them and led me to write ‘Ruby Red Soldiers’ the first story in the book.

Those two words however kept repeating in my mind and then one night I sat down and wrote the story ‘Red Alert’ (you can find an excerpt below) and in turn gave me one of my favorite stories in the book.

Both stories have a little vial or red liquid in common, but that’s it. Each story however will leave you craving for more, even a little vial of your own.

About the Book

33 dark tales; the invisible bindings that tie us all together.

Within this book you will find terrifying tales from catastrophic celebrations, to freaky family funerals…

Beware the supernatural, Beware the weather…

Beware the strings.

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About the Author

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Darren Gallagher was born and currently lives in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Having dropped out of school at fourteen, he decided in 2008 to finally pluck up the courage and follow a dream that had been haunting him since childhood. Receiving a Diploma in Creative Writing from Kilroy’s College in Dublin was the first step in re-learning the English that he’d forgotten, and that he never knew.
A natural night owl, when everyone else is sleeping, he hears the bumps and the creaks, captures them, and turns them into stories to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Strings, is his first collection. His second collection is finished, and his first Novella is due for release February 2015.

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