Truth is stranger than fiction…


I was a blog post short last week because something cropped up which meant that I was unable to meet my blogging obligations! I won’t bore you with the details, but the events that occurred (and are ongoing) were utterly unbelievable and that got me thinking about a quote I once read from Mark Twain.

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense.

And this got me thinking…

When I write fiction there is always an element of ‘truth’ to it. If it’s set in a certain time or a certain place I have to ensure that the facts of the ‘truth’ are real. For example, I couldn’t say that a character in 1820’s London used his mobile phone to book an Uber. Well, I could if it was a strange, quirky time travel tale – but if it was a fictional story set in a ‘true’ era then I have to stick to that.

I am sure that people who know me would agree that I have an ‘overactive’ imagination. In a Supermarket, a few weeks back some teenagers were messing around and one let out a blood-curdling scream and my first reaction was Zombie Apocalypse! See what I mean?

Based on these recent events  I can honestly say that in comparison my ‘imagination’ is actually tame, level headed and not at all ‘overactive’ – the events have been flabbergasting and unbelievable.

So as I start the new week with a head full of stories and a pocket full of characters I am not only pondering this question – I am also quite frightened that reality is far ‘stranger’ than the deep dark caverns of my imagination…

P.S: Please don’t forget to keep an eye out on the story reveal website for the Corona Book of Horror Stories – not many announcements left….

PLUS keep an eye out for my posts later this week, an exciting announcement to follow….