Prepare to experience a fast, intense read, one that takes you on a journey past the physical. When a lost cellphone arrives at the headquarters of a secret organization, nobody anticipates it becoming a haunting mystery, but after discovering a series of eerie recordings, detailing a lurking figure stalking the phone’s owner, terrestrial explanations take a backseat to the supernatural.
Inspired by the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, author S.C. Eston causes the mind to question, shift, and arrive at what feels like a plausible yet impossible conclusion. Visually captivating, the story’s syntactical rhythm brings to life a specter of spider like proportions cloaked in the dark shroud of death.
- Written by Brooks Kohler (Laptiast.com)
About this Story
The Original Idea
The original idea behind Fog came from the mysterious pier standing in the river beside the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in Fredericton. Until recently, I had no idea what it was. I asked and asked, but no one had any answer. I finally learnt the pier’s true purpose when my wife sent me a post she found on Facebook.
Although the pier was the main inspiration for the story, the idea of the heavy mist came to me one morning in April 2017, while driving to work. When I left home, the sun was high and bright. I took the usual road toward the Westmorland Street Bridge and saw a dense cloud covering the river. It was an impressive and strange sight. I entered the fog and the car ahead of me almost disappeared. When I reached the south side of the river, the sun returned, but I could still see the thick mist in the rear-view mirror.
Writing the Story
The first draft of Fog was completed in May of 2017, not long after I drove through the heavy mist. It was what I call a complete draft, meaning it had a beginning and an end. Writing a complete draft on the first try has been somewhat an ongoing challenge.
Between May 2017 and October 2018, I revised the story more than 10 times, making adjustments here and there, although never anything major.
One of the challenge I faced with this story was what to include in relation with the city of Fredericton. Until now, I had solely written in fictional worlds and never had to worry about how to represent real life organizations or locations. In an earlier draft, the introduction involved the Fredericton Police Force, and although I liked the way it introduced the mystery, it did so to the detriment of the Police Force, which I did not want to do. For that reason, I decided to rewrite the introduction.
In the beginning of writing Fog, I did not listen to any music. The mood of the story is unique and I had a hard time finding something that would put me in the right mindset. In a later draft, I put on the soundtrack of the movie “Inception” and although it is not exactly what I was looking for, it was close enough and I used it from then on.
Creating the Cover
Although the writing was done in October 2018, it took me until April 2019 to complete the cover. To be honest, I was dreading trying to create another template, another design. Also, I knew from the beginning I wanted to use a picture of the river, and although I had taken some pictures a while back, none were quite right. Then, in April 2019, Leigh took a few pictures during the flood season and one of them (see the current cover) blew me away. Surprisingly, once I had the picture, it only took me a few nights to complete the design and the cover.
My hope (or my plan) is to write between 10 to 15 short stories and publish them in a collection. Because I am currently working on other projects, I don’t have a target date as to when this series will be done. If time allows, I’d like to write another short story soon, in between other projects. But we will have to wait and see.
Started: May 21, 2017
First Published: December 2, 2019
Setting: The Annihilatio Zodiac
Type: Short Story
Alpha Reading: Gaetan Clement
Editing: Amanda Sumner (The Engaged Editor), Forrest Orser (https://sites.google.com/site/forrestorser/)
Cover: Cover photo by Leigh Estey. Cover design by S.C. Eston.