ISSUE #20 

Tantalizing Terror

Here you'll find all the contents that were in issue #20 of the Rahaman Reader

Greetings.

Welcome the weekend, for it approaches!

 

Here are some tremendous additions on Rahaman Writing:

                                                       

- Added Page 7 to my dark fantasy series regarding my exploits in literal Hell

- Added 4 new photos(bottom) to the Photography section, some of my best shots ever!

- Added a trailer and review quotes for Inner Expanses to the homepage

- Added more covert art (bottom 3, the last of which is probably my favourite)

- Updated the descriptive graphic for my next book: Unusual Tales for the Curious Mind

I'm not the only one who's been busy, though. The very first site friend of Rahaman Writing, Satyr Central, has recently undergone a huge re-design!

 

This leftist blog for all things writing, pop culture, politics, (and more!)  is now known as The Angry Noodle!

If you like the kinds of content listed above, you won't regret a visit to the noodle bowl!

Back when The Angry Noodle was Satyr Central, I submitted a cosmic horror story called "The Birth of Mancafar", which has only ever appeared there, but not for long. This terrifying tale of otherworldly cannibalism will be in my upcoming short story collection.

 

It is less of a scary story and more of a series of scary concepts. Ones that I had a great time implementing and also learned a lot from in terms of what makes readers generally unsettled.

 

The Baron of Beholder's Writing Tip #9:

 

Want to spook someone? Great!

But why put in the effort when they are far more capable of spooking themselves?

 

What scares and unsettles people is highly subjective. A hungry, humanoid, inky monster may not frighten someone who's primary fears are spiders or snakes, but what this inky monster represents can.

 

Spiders and snakes are some of the best predators on the planet, and the reason most fear them is because, despite being much smaller than most people(on average), the venom(of some species) can still harm and/or kill a human!

 

The threat is real, therefore the fear shall be as well.

 

This inky monster, unlike spiders and snakes, is nowhere near the reader...yet.

 

For this monster, this hungry conqueror, is reaching out.

Slowly, but surely, through the void.

From their sector of space...

To yours!

 

And when it reaches you, at this unknown time and place in the future, it will consume you like all between your current position and its home world.

A path stretching across the cosmos blanketed in its shadow, one soon to swallow the Earth before stretching onward to future meals.

 

To truly scare your readers, you need to give them a reason to be afraid.

Horror appears in the flying city as well, for the crimson eel's foul tide of tar starts warping the people of the fair city.

 

Within the Central Library's walls, two scholars try to protect themselves from the monstrous threat!

 

Securing the Library

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