Imagine as STRONG ADULT CONTENT as you can and multiply it by ten.
The above stands as fair warning. Not for just the faint of heart, but even for the hardest of the same.
I’ve selected this piece by our own Hugh Cron because it is controversial, well done, harrowing and guaranteed to offend half the people who read it. That means it is interesting. Now, this piece was one of the free passes Hugh received when he hit the hundred story mark a couple years back. It is relentless and you cannot take your eyes off it. It’s appearance had also met resistance, and for good reasons.
Still, I’m glad it got to us, and I bring it back to allow Hugh another chance to reflect and speak on the subject of this extremely dark tale. I’ll skip the normal questions, other than ask Hugh how time has changed (if at all) his feelings about Julia’s End.
Thanks so much as always, for picking one of my stories.
This one has a bit of a history. It started off with the very first line and for the life of me, I can’t remember where I got that! It became a short which was in a collection that I sent out and got nowhere, as did all of my poetry, shorts and novels – Not that I’m bitter.
Anyhow, I’m calm now, I re-worked it but as already stated it was refused by my lovely fellow editors.
HAH!!! Not going there!!!
I totally understand why, but I really did like this story in all it’s nastiness. I’m never graphic but the circumstances in this are pretty grim and initially, I loved the idea of fucking with readers perceptions and idea of blame – I still do.
In answer to your question, I still think about this and wonder if I can find any good in any of them…Probably not. However, I still reckon that all initial blame lies with him. He was a rapist and as far as I’m concerned, rapists, beasts and those who cry rape should all be executed by brush shaft. (I’ll leave that to your imaginations – Although I would say, I don’t mean being beat over the head with a brush shaft!!)
I don’t think I’ve ever regretted anything that I’ve written but come my dotage, if I ever start writing standard romances, please get the brush shaft out.
And for fuck sake – Only beat me over the head with it!!!
Thanks again Leila, this is always a blast to do!!!