FAQ’s Answered #6: What’s So Scary About “Panic!” Anyway?


Today in a series of replies to FAQ (frequently asked questions) sent to me by fans (and sometimes not so much), I answer the question “What’s So Scary About “Panic!” Anyway?“, asked by Fran.

This is a question one of my readers asked me recently, and one that I really don’t mind answering! (Fran, I hope you don’t mind! 😉 I’m not picking on you, I promise!) Anyway, ‘what’s so scary about “Panic!“?’  By that I mean, naturally – my series “Panic! Horror In Space“!

Well, for starters, “Panic!” is a horror series set in space – and space is dark and dangerous, and well, scary! Now, hang on a moment – I know that sounds a little silly if not actually vague – but it’s true! Of course, being set in space is only a tiny part of the whole thing – but a setting can make or break a story – and I think you’d have to go a long way to beat space for its inherent scare factor!

Think about it: A billion things could go wrong out there, and each of them might kill you if they had the chance – radiation, vacuum, micro-meteorites, temperature extremes, asteroids, black holes – equipment failure – and even, as in “Panic!” – the paranormal.

The para-what?

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New Short Story Completed!


In case you’re wondering what I’ve been up to the past few days, “Space Vacation” is the longest short story I’ve ever written (so far!) – at 14,067 words and 41 A4 pages! I started writing this from scratch on Monday and finished the edit this morning… that’s three days!

It’s the first ‘short’ in a long time. Considering I always used to battle to write longer stories to novel length, I’m happy to be stuck with the opposite problem! It will be included in the re-release of Space Sux, a compilation of shorts in the Galaxii Series, probably next year.

This was one of the short stories I’ve enjoyed writing the most. 🙂 In fact, I’ve had nothing but good feedback from friends I asked to read it to give me feedback.

One of them said: “You started my day with a boom with that fun read – and I was kinda running late. I started in bed, in the bath then on the bed and then half way out the door LOL I COULDN’T STOP!”

[“Space Vacation” was subsequently improved, lengthened and included in “Life Signs” – book 2 in Panic! Horror In Space. (2019)]

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