The Eighth Dead

The Eighth Dead is a project for a short story in three parts that I have decided to try to work on over the course of the next few days. It is based on a script for a hypothetical movie that I wrote last year during a class on script writing. The story itself is something I’ve had in mind for a few years now but, regretfully, I never had the motivation or time or energy to turn it into what I wanted it to become: a short story. At least not until that class last year. It now exists in the form of a script in French, therefore, the broad outline of the story is defined and all that is left for me is to (successfully) turn it into a short story.

It is the story of Jackson Parker, an ex private eye, or private investigator, turned cop (sort of the opposite of the usual “noire” novella) who arrives in Louieville, a small town in the south of the United States, to start his new job and is faced with a series of mysterious murders. The whole “ambiance” is supposed to reflect the early 30s-40s and perhaps 50s, and that “noire” characteristic of movies set in that time period.

I will try to post one part very two days (the key word is ‘try’) for two reasons: one, it will allow you, readers, to be able to read it without having too much time between each part, therefore making it more clear for you. And, secondly, it will give me time to work on it a little more than one part a day (especially considering what I have programmed for myself in the next few days and that each part will be much longer than a poem), while at the same time being a challenge towards myself (idem). Finally, it will make it easier to publish for me (really long pieces always seem to have some kind of issue) and it makes work on a longer and different project while keeping a writing schedule (or at least try).

I will do my best to make this small – albeit important to me – project as entertaining and high in quality as I can. I am starting the actual writing tomorrow, thus the first of the three parts should be published around Saturday (or something). That is all I wanted to say, this post is both a means to catch your attention and to ‘force’ myself to actually do the work by binding my word to it. And, who knows, perhaps it will motivate me to work on all those other shorter writing I have had int he back of my mind for some time now…

So, yeah, we will see how it goes. That’s all folks! See you all later.

PS: Perhaps one day I will make the original script, in French or/and translated, available. Perhaps.

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