Don’t blame Dad, rest his soul, but he constructed the big booming radio that brought me nightmares. Algernon Blackwood, H.G.Wells, even the surreal Goons.
Mother, too, bless her, sketched a grinning satyr which, though pinned to the kitchen wall, would leer at me in dreams. Now I understand its queer power: it resembled grandma.
Not having a family TV, my daytime escape was The Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh and in my teens the wonderful Under Milk Wood. Dylan Thomas was my rite of entry to London’s Mountview Theatre School and to the curiously attractive horror of playing on a stage. The place was and of course still is haunted.
Many people ‘find’ themselves through voluntary work. I did … Community radio threw a microphone at me, so I had to say… something. But cheery repartee is for those with the gift.
Freelance narration offers many treats - not all of the calibre of N.W. Twyford, but always an opportunity to share a story.
Howard Ellison is a British voice actor, based in Devon. His voice graces numerous commercials, video games, corporate videos – and of course Audiobooks.
My Links: My Website
Everyone has a novel in them, it's said. Well, thanks to Twisted50v2, I have become sure most of us harbour a potential short story.
When the invitation came to write mine, I thought "Can't do that, I'm a guy who presents other peoples' stuff" (I'm a voice actor) and then seconds later "hang on...the genre is horror, and I recall that emotion from my childhood".
So I had a starting point: the cold terror of a seven year old discovering something malevolent under the bed.
Yes, you're right, an old trope, but the experience was hideously real. The moment I touched the keyboard, 'Charcoal Granny' virtually wrote itself, complete with title. Not much imagination required - but quite scary to do.
Then came the really brave bit: upload and invite comment - from newbies like myself to highly experienced authors.
Pleased to say fellow Twisted writers are frank and kind, whatever they may create on the page.
They were affirmative and offered practical tips. When I wasn't sure what was meant, I found myself gently guided. Out went eccentricities, and random tenses, down came the word count, up went readability.
What a great and friendly way to learn.