Tuesday, April 17, 2007


For the final ingredient, Anarchy, I have only a few words to say: Virginia Tech, Columbine, 9/11.

Need I say more? Need I write a story about it? There's too much right now to even go into. It's sad, and appauling. Scary, and horrifying. To get the perfect horror stories, simply watch the news. Horror is all around us. It's monsters wear our faces. We are the true monsters. We are Blood, Madness, and Anarchy. I say we in general, of course. Not all of us are monsters. But there are quite a few out there. Quite a few. I mourn all of those lost in a scatter of bullets, a madman's torture, and fire. Need I say more?

Virginia Tech Massacre:

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The gunman suspected of carrying out the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead was described Tuesday as a sullen loner whose creative writing in English class was so disturbing that he was referred to the school's counseling service.

"He was a loner, and we're having difficulty finding information about him," school spokesman Larry Hincker said.

Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university's English department, said she did not know Cho. But she said she spoke with Lucinda Roy, the department's director of creative writing, who had Cho in one of her classes and described him as "troubled."

"There was some concern about him," Rude said. "Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it's creative or if they're describing things, if they're imagining things or just how real it might be. But we're all alert to not ignore things like this."
I write horror fiction, but notice the word "fiction". This guy lost contact of that word somewhere along the line. Somewhere...


Christina said...

Yes, this whole thing has left me speechless. I'm so sad for everyone. I couldn't imagine what it is like to just lose someone so quickly and violently.

Kate S said...

I kept thinking of all the parents - those whose children made it out alive and those who didn't; including the gunman's own family. I don't have the words for it, so I haven't even posted about it.

Charles Gramlich said...

Who knows. Had the guy had the discipline to channel his imagery and writing he might have sold it, might have turned it into a living. Instead he turned it into death, for himself and many others.

Lucas Pederson said...

Christina, Kate and Charles, thanks for stopping by. Yes, this is very sad, horrible. I hate to think of my own children later on in the years going to school. IT scares me a little. Christina, I had an uncle who was murdered when I was about six or seven. That was horrible. He was murdered in his own house, while he was taking a nap. I miss him greatly.
Kate, That's all right, I barely had any words myself, thus the shortness of my post. I'm scared for my own children.
Charles, yeah. I read some of what they've shown of his writing, he might have gone somewhere with it. IT actually read okay. But then I'd think that it was a true madman that wrote those prose, and dark words, not someone trying to create something beautiful.

Sidney said...

It's truly a sad case and a sad day. I mourn all of those who lost their lives.

etain_lavena said...

My word.....how some ppl are sick to the core....it's so so so sad, words does not even explain how bad it is.....I read that about the same time in an African state, terrorist killed 32 ppl and injured 162.....everyday we all need to give one call to the universe to keep souls save.
You take care Lucas, my friend...

Lucas Pederson said...

Sidney, I mourn as well. It's truly horrible. In any case, thanks for stopping by.
Etain, yeah, some people are lunatics. It's scary if you sit down and think about it. Terrorists, homocidle maniacs, polotics...that last one is very scary by the way. And yes, we need to do something about it. But what? Honestly, I don't know...I don't know.
Thanks and you take car as well.