A few years back I printed
two of my original stories on my website. I'm not sure why. I think I was
hoping deep down that perhaps some publisher my happen upon them by chance and be
interested in publishing them. Of course, that's not how it works in the real world.
Getting new works from an unknown author published is like..well, blowing on
molasses to get it to move uphill in the dead of winter. In other words, I have
better chances of being struck by lightening on a sunny day. So, I guess I knew also
deep down that my best chance of getting published and actually read was to self-publish
my works on my own web site.
I have two complete works done. Both
were written earlier this decade before I started programming professionally. I
personally feel writing is my one true passion. I have always loved writing and if I
had a choice, I would prefer to do it for a living. However, I have resigned myself
to the fact that this probably will not happen, and that writing will always be a hobby.
So once again, I am going to share my works
on my web site. Every so often I bring these stories out to read for myself...just
for the heck of it. Now I am doing it again publicly to share with a new group of
readers who pass by this section of my web site.
I hope you enjoy them. :)
I do want to point out in closing that these
two stories are complete works of fiction. Although the geography surrounding these
stories are real (towns, cities, places), but the stories themselves are not. I say
this because when I printed these works the first time, that was the biggest question of
them all: "Is this real? Did this really happen?" The answer
is no. This all pure imagination. :)
Also, please forgive any grammerical or
spelling errors you find while reading. The spell check I used is less than perfect,
and I am not a professional editor. :)
"Murder" was the
very first novella I ever completed from beginning to end. It took three years to do
so. The first chapter was written in 1992 as an entry for the literary magazine that
Carroll Community College was publishing at the time. It received the equivalent of
first place prize, although it really was not a true contest. Originally it was
supposed to be a "stand alone" short story with no true resolution. As the
year went by the story always came back to me and in my head I wrote the second part of
it. A year later I put it on paper although I never submitted it for review at the
college. I just didn't think it would match up to the original.
The third and final chapter of this gruesome
story was written after I have moved away from Maryland to Florida. I had
deliberately left chapter two hanging so that someday, when I got bored and wanted
something to do, I could finish it. In 1994, I did just that. In 1995 the
story underwent a major rewrite so that the three parts would blend together better.
The following year I published it on my web site (at that time, it was still on
So here it is again. :)
Synopsis A young man is pushed over the edge when his
girlfriend is raped. He kills the rapist and flees town leaving everyone and everything
behind in his own act of selfishness. But he is haunted and the killing continues as he
begins to struggle with his demons in the year that follows. This is his story...
Warning This story contains scenes and depicts extreme acts of
violence, murder, rape, necrophelia and adult language. If such content offends you,
I ask you move onto the next story and skip this one. I know that its gross,
violent, disgusting and to some point, morally reprehensible. Such scenes were
necessary to tell the story in a believable context.
Read it now
Murder, Act I -
Murder, Act II - Reversion (coming soon)
Murder, Act III - Revelation (coming soon)
I started writing Scarecrow out of a
fascination with murder mysteries. I remember the premise for the whole thing.
Back in 1995 there was a soap opera on ABC called "Loving" (don't ask)
which was going to be cancelled. I supposed the producers of "Loving"
decided the best way to end the soap was to kill most of the major characters off via a
serial killer. Theme for the show then became "Figure it Out".
Having the logical mind I do, I played along (it didn't take too long to figure it out
unfortunately). Well, it got me thinking that I wanted to be the one writing the
mystery and leaving the clues for other to "figure it out". So Scarecrow
was born. I sat down for a week or so and hand wrote the storyline, characters,
clues and of course, the backstory behind the killings. Then I sat down at my
Brother word processor and began to type. The book wrote itself and took on a
complete life of its own after the first chapter. What I had planned to be a short
story turned into a full blown novel which in the end took about four months to complete.
That was just the first draft. The rewrite took an additional three months if
I always said if Scarecrow were ever made into a movie, it
would kick butt (Spielberg would have to direct, of course) :D
Scarecrow is 15 chapters long, and probably cannot be read on
one sitting. Unless you have a complete day to waste or are a certified speedreader.
This book was the last one I wrote, or finished I should say.
I started its "sequel" using surviving characters with a new storyline,
but never made it beyond the first chapter. Maybe someday I'll finish it. But
for now, here is my favorite of all my works. :)
Ryan Thomas is a student at a small college in the town of Westminster,
Maryland. He and his friends are about to be dragged into one of the most horrifying
events that this small town has ever seen.
On a cold morning in March, Ryan awakes with his roommate
Jarrod to discover that one of the Western Maryland College's most respected professors,
Austin Webb has been brutally murdered and left for dead underneath the football field
stadium bleachers. No motive, no suspects. Only two clues.
A brand of a crow with its wings spread on the forehead of
the deceased professor, and a note from the killer printed on a blank business card that
reads "Ring me a Porter".
Ryan and Jarrod, being two of the most active writers for the
school paper, "The Forum" team up with the newspapers editor, Alan Kittridge, an
old acquaintance of Webb's to do their own investigation of the murder.
What they find will change all of their lives forever.
What they will find will turn this small quiet town upside down where people are
afraid to walk the streets at night.
What they will find is a serial killer bent on revenge for
something that happened 25 years ago. A serial killer who is so filled with anger
and hate, that he cannot be stopped until he runs his cycle.
This book contains graphic scenes of violence, implied rape and adult language. If such
content offends you..don't read it :)
Scarecrow: Table of Contents
Murder Copyright © 1990 - 1999
C. Kevin Provance. All Rights Reserved.
Scarecrow Copyright © 1995 - 1999 C. Kevin Provance.
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No parts of these works may be reproduced in any way
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