Ruined Childhood: Winner Interview


The long-awaited interview for the Ruined Childhood contest winner, VictoriaMoschou! Check out her path of destruction in ruining Halloween (“Something Pumpkin This Way Comes“), a fictional character (“Beauty and the Feast“), a toy (“Children should Listen“), and a children’s activity (“The Devil’s Music“).

1) How did you find the contest? How do you feel, as the winner?

I thought the contest was genius, although I wasn’t quite sure if I could be “dark” enough. When I found out I had won I couldn’t believe. Yeah, I know; cliché. But sometimes, you just have to embrace it!

2) Tell me a bit about you.

My name is Victoria Moschou, I’m a 24-year-old economist and I love writing and reading. Cliché no.2, since this is already known. Something that it isn’t known -yet- is that I am working on that collection, “Happily Never After”, to create an anthology of not so happy stories. Besides, not every story has a happy ending.

3) What were your inspirations for the contest entries? What generally inspires you as a writer?

Basically the whole Halloween Mood. Few true stories, my fav fairytale -aka “Beauty and the Beast”-, my fav series, “Charmed”, and the need to write something completely out of the ordinary for me. I’m a romantic, so what generally inspires me is the hope I can see in little children’s eyes, the family bonds, the need to believe in something… Good music, cooking/baking and myths/supernatural stories can also be an inspiration to me.

4) How old were you when you first started writing? How have you developed as a writer since then? Do your family/friends know you write and how do they feel about that?

Oh, that’s an easy one. I started writing at the age of 9. I tried to create a fanfic of Harry Potter; I knew I wanted to write a best-seller! Lol! From that day on, I was writing on and off, but when I turned 15 I realised that it was something I’m passionate about. So, I started working basically on “The Passion Of Hate”, which is also uploaded on Wattpad, and on other short stories. Of course my parents know that I write and they always want to know what’s going to happen next. The toughest reviewer to please though is my boyfriend and that’s why he’s the first to read my rough drafts. Either he’ll love or he’ll hate them.

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Ruined Childhoods: The Results


The Ruined Childhoods competition drew to a close on Halloween. My co-host Nyhterides and I have been busy scrutinising all the entries and deciding on the winner.

Many thanks to our entrants: Rosaimee, KarlOConnor, AshTheRavenclaw, VictoriaMoschou, Kathiel12, and Silvana_md. I’m grateful for your enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed all the pieces you created for this competition.

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Madness is an Art (The Art of Madness Prompt)

Nyhterides’ third and last prompt was really specific and had me stumped for a whole weekend. I had little to no experience of gothic horror or southern gothic horror, but thats likely because i just didnt know it as it was called. I certainly knew horror involving death, which is an element of gothic horror. And as my readers may know, i have no qualms about killing my characters, although im nowhere near grr martin’s level!

Boringly i like to stick to what i know. The only one i could work with was paranormal, ghosts or werewolves. Im no major fan of werewolf, which leaves me with ghosts. It works out well as ive been brewing a short ghost story for over a year now. It was left on the back burner after my partner felt it was too longwinded and could be better condensed, and i got distracted by other projects. It was nice to revive it.

Children like to play. In horror, children are also creepy as heck, and i want to utilise that to my full advantage. My third entry centres around a creepy abandoned house that nobody in the village goes near, but outsiders dont know that.

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The Dark One (The Art of Madness Prompt)

wallhaven-284216Further to my previous blog about Nyhterides’s competiton, I’ve posted a new short about “The Dark One”. Read it here.

I finally got inspiration after reading bits of Creepypasta (my gosh, some are pretty good, but some are just awful — I’ll talk about some of the awful ones later) and watching a play-through of “The Park” and “Boogieman”. I toyed with the idea of Tony and Cameron fleeing together from The Dark One, but that requires staging of an epic battle and a winning or losing outcome. I didn’t have any idea how they could win, seeing as I was stumped by how Tony could have effectively been immortalised for twenty years. Magic? Witchcraft? Really good skincare lotion?

With Tony and his friends taking off, leaving Cameron behind, I took inspiration from that.

Contains spoilers.

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Wattys2014 Entry Spotlight: Aurora by Sanya

Please take the time to consider voting for Aurora by xxSMxx forWattys2014.

Genre: Fantasy/Romance
This is a epic fantasy tale, with bits of tragedy and sweet romance.
It follows the journey of Isabella and Klaus through a quest to find out the hidden murderer after their lives.
An unbreakable curse, twisted souls and a hell lot of demons wanting to feast upon their flesh – these two find themselves stuck in troubled waters with forgotten secrets. That’s not all. An evil presence lurks in the shadows, far older and crueler then they could have ever imagined.
These star crossed lovers are destined to fight the other – as enemies and as the only soul of Darkness. The long battle awaits. The odds are against them, and all they have is their love to pull them back to sanity.
If you love a good dose of demons and magic, and if you think it deserves your support then vote for this story! And please share the linked posts on Twitter and on Facebook and give me a chance.

Wattys2014 Entry Spotlight: Death Reflection by April Parr

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Please take the time to consider voting for Death Reflection by April_Parr for Wattys2014.

From the author: Death Reflection mixes fairies and demons into a dystopic future. If you’re tired of Hunger Games clones when it comes to dystopian novels, I ask that you give my story a shot and please vote if you enjoy it. I look forward to hearing from amazing new readers!

Genre: Fantasy

Edward R. Murrow once said, “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” In 2330, these words become a fulfilled prophecy. Dahlia Wilde lives in a world ruled by a corrupted government that has taken religion from the people and turned it into a twisted controlling mechanism. Forced to contend with demons, genetic monstrosities, and the discovery that she is as inhuman as the creature directing the government, Dahlia takes on a journey to topple this twisted regime and free the people. But she must first escape the iron grip of a demon vying for her very soul.

If you think this story, free to read on Wattpad, is worth a vote, please share the linked posts on Twitter and on Facebook, with the link and #Watty2014, to give April a chance.


Wattys2014 Entry Spotlight: Pitch Black by Elise Noble

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Please take the time to consider voting for Pitch Black by EliseNoble for Wattys2014.

Genre: General fiction/Romance

Ash is a girl on the run.  From who?  Not even she knows.  Ending up in England, in a dead end job in a sleepy country village, she can’t see a way out of her predicament.

Luke lives the perfect life, or at least that’s how it looks. He’s hot, he’s rich, but he’s far from happy.  He’s buckling under the strain of a dysfunctional family and a job that’s lost its lustre.  All he wants is a little excitement in his life, but doesn’t know how to get it.

When they meet, sparks fly, but will they end up helping each other or hurting each other?

Throw in a stroppy teenager, a personal assistant who thinks he rules the world and the small matter of a kidnapping, and there’s only one direction things are going to go…

If you think this story, free to read on Wattpad, is worth a vote, please share the linked posts on Twitter and on Facebook, with the link and #Watty2014, to give Elise a chance.