"Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

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"Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by Kenwood on Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:01 pm

Anyone wishing to add some thoughts about this particular story and/or author, feel free to do so here. Praise and criticism is encouraged equally, but please keep the latter on the constructive side.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by Kenwood on Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:07 am

I read this story again yesterday. Read it at the doctor's office. I gotta say, I think it's one of the best stories we've published yet. My opinion, of course; this isn't to say anything negative about any other story. But "Wanting It" just has something special.

We first asked Aaron to do a rewrite, make some changes, back in June of 2010. The first version was already strong, but there were some things we felt needed work. So he made those changes and then some. The story he returned to us was very different. Same story, but it read very differently. And it was also strong, kind of on par with the first version.

But to accept one over the other would be to lose some good writing. So I figured, why not combine them? And that's what we did. Hard as hell, though. I had to read both stories at the same time, over and over again, bouncing back and forth, mixing and matching things I liked, discarding things I didn't, rearranging this and that. Then, when I felt the order was correct, and we had the "best of both worlds," so to speak, we added some things so it didn't read so disjointed and flowed smoothly.

It took a long time. It was the last story finished; we were still going back and forth at the end of November. The last e-mail I have from Aaron is from November 24. Down to the wire!

It was the hardest story to edit, and I worried that I was laying too heavy an editorial hand on it, that I should just pick one version and roll with it. But damn...I think the version on this issue is fantastic. Despite my worry, I think we took two good stories and made a great one. A mash up!

And funnily enough, that last e-mail he sent was him telling me to "Go with the mash up," referring to a suggestion I made about combining two sentences he'd suggested—"Our imaginations spilled into the shadows, fashioning monsters from tree branches" and "Our imaginations spilled into the shadows, bringing the breeze-blown tree branches to life" became "Our imaginations spilled into the shadows, bringing the breeze-blown tree branches to monstrous life." Two good sentences made a great one.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:56 am

I'm so glad this one made the cut, despite the work involved. I was a fan all along.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by aaron_polson on Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:22 am

Thanks for giving "the little story that could" a chance. It's one of my personal favorites from my own catalog, but don't tell my other stories. Jealousy is an ugly thing. They tend to get violent.

Thanks for the hard work involved, too. I'm damn proud of the story we turned out together.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by Merrilee on Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:05 pm

This is definitely the stand-out story of the issue. It really resonated with me.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by aaron_polson on Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:02 am

Thanks for reading, Merrilee.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by steven pirie on Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:20 am

Ah, now this has become my favourite so far. Fabulous writing...

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by aaron_polson on Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:01 pm

Thanks, Steven.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by aaron_polson on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:15 pm

Thanks, Kurt. Too much of my stuff is "confessional" I'm afraid. Wink

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by Mercedes on Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:22 am

I'm telling your other stories, Aaron. Sleep with one eye open.

This was quietly horrifying to me. Very beautiful, and such a pleasure to read!

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by Paul Walters on Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:25 pm

I can't add much except to agree with everyone else. Fantastic story. And it works on so many levels. I was genuinely surprised when I finished it and realized that, from my point of view, this story was a parable about the loss of religion and faith in modern society. Loved it!

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Post by aaron_polson on Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:21 am

Thanks, Paul. I see the parable... I'm not sure I set out to write it as such, but once you tap that vein and start bleeding on the page, anything can happen.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by Paul Walters on Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:58 pm

It's interesting, because when I first read it I wasn't sure what to think. I liked it certainly, but I kind of questioned how much of a "horror" story it really was. However, this one stays with you. The more time passes, the more I think about it, probably more so than any other in this issue. I have to question myself, "Why? What makes it resonate so much with me?"

And then it hit me that this loss of innocence, giving up that glee of what we thought was "horror" in our childhood; that has to be the most horrific thing I can imagine.

So yeah, all that to say, thanks again for a great story.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by Kenwood on Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:35 pm

People should not forget the second part of our title: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted.

A lot of people have pulled the It's Not Horror card with us, which of course is a card that is different for every person. But we've never touted ourselves as a straight "horror" mag, so why people take up issue with us because certain stories aren't straight horror is baffling.

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Re: "Wanting It," by Aaron Polson

Post by scottmitchell74 on Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:02 pm

Kenwood - that's something I have to remind myself when I read, these are tales of the twisted and macabre.

That in mind, this was an effective story. I kept waiting for a ghost! And wasn't disappointed when it didn't show up. That's good writing.

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