This novel, if you choose to call it that took me almost four months to write, which is really pretty quick when you think about it. The book wrote itself. When I sat down in from of a Brother word processor (with a bright orange/yellow monitor) I never intended this book to be as big as it was. It was supposed to be a short story...but as things can get completely blown out of proportion, so did this story. About half way through this book, I finally forked out a little over 2 grand for a then brand new HP Pavilion 486-DX100 (my first real computer) so I could finish this story with MS Word, as that damn Brother word processor was just taking to long to type on.
I worked very hard to try and get this book published, but I had no takers. Plus, it underwent a whole bunch of re-writes. For the avid reader, one would be surprised to know that in the original draft, there was no Todd Matheny or the story of the Alumni Hall haunting, and the original ending was rather cheesy and incomplete. Jarrod did not actually take Ryan hostage, he just blew his head off, and I was not happy with this ending. The major re-write added Todd and his band of followers in the spooked Alumni Hall with the enhanced ending.
I would hope that the avid reader would understand I took a *lot* of liberties with this story. Anyone who lives in Westminster, Maryland or attends Western Maryland College knows that the layout of the college and part of the town is a little out of sorts. When I wrote this book, I was in Sarasota, Florida and had not been in Westminster or the college in several years...my memory of the layout of either was not up to par. When I re-visited Westminster and the college, I saw the conflicting descriptions in the book, but thought "Who cares...I'm the author, I can do whatever I want!". I also came to discover that many of the landmarks I used in this story no longer exist. Yes, at the time, everything you read about Westminster was as I remembers it. Donut World is now Dunkin Donuts, Champs is now Johannson's, and Pizza-To-Go was always the Pizza Hut delivery at the 140 Village.
Inspiration for this story, actually came from the now defunct soap opera "Loving". When that soap was cancelled, they ended it with a major murder mystery in which most of the major characters were killed off. I was thinking to myself during the whole thing..."Damn, I would really like to write my own murder mystery!!!". I figured out who the Loving serial killer was even before the story was half way done. Because of this, I hoped that when I wrote my story that it would not be as easy to figure out. I hope I succeeded! :)
For those who are wondering..."So...what happens next?", I don't know. Right after I finished the major re-write of Scarecrow, I started its sequel....tentatively called "Spider". Ryan, Alan, Perri and Ron (and to some degree, Mike Wagner) return for this story with a mix of some new characters. The outline of this story is pretty much done, and I only wrote the first chapter. As a small teaser, I will say that the primary basis for this story was started in the epilogue above in which Alan tells Ryan that the gun that killed John Myers was discovered out in California after a major drug bust. Its specifically how that gun got out to California and who sent it there that begins the "Spider" story. It turns out that Ryan's dad, Geoffery has a few more ghosts in his closet...even from the grave. I started this story back in 1995. I put it down to take a break from writing and never picked it back up. I started programming instead! :)
So...I am going to ask you, the avid reader....would you like to see the sequel to Scarecrow? Its not a murder mystery. In fact, its something quite different, but just as interesting! I might be inclined to start writing again (if I ever get my programs out of Beta) as I *really* like writing. Perhaps with a little push, I might finish writing it. Let me know! :)
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