An excerpt from Terror Australis

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“Clever bastard,” Ried said and waited.

Once it was all clear, he counted to three and then darted inside the barn hoping to find a car or motorbike to make his escape with. Instead, in the dust-filled shafts of light, he saw only bales of hay and several horse stalls on his left.

“That’d be right…” he faced the small stables and puffed his cheeks. “Okay, on horseback it is.”

Behind his back, something metallic moved with a clink and tap.

“Shit.” Ried’s gut clenched and his diaphragm lurched. He crouched, turned and moved against the wall opposite the stalls. Ried balked for several seconds at sounds source. Despite his fever, Ried’s blood chilled from the vision.

A wall of implements, all drawn from the stuff of murder; scythes, long shears, double-bladed axes, and different-size cane knives hung on the wall, swaying in the breeze.

“Bloody hell. I’m never reading Stephen King again.”

What a differance time makes

While Terror Australis has been away at the editor’s, some will know I have been ticking away with the second installment. Now during those weeks, it was tempting to open the MS, but what would be the point. However, on Friday the edited manuscript for Terror Australis came back.

And as the title of this post states, albeit a bit cliche, the sentiment behind those words are so, so true. Not only did Eevas fresh eyes and friendly, yet stern critique help so did the forced abstinence.  Now over the last couple of days, I have found it easier to review it from a less personal level.

In fact, I have, in an odd way found the process a little cathartic. Who knew?