Lucy V Hay
My Story from Twisted50 vol 1: The Retribution Of Elsie Buckle
My Story from Twisted50 vol 2: Super Nits
Favourite quote: ‘I’m not going to kill you … I just want you to tell all your friends about me’ – Batman
I have written and been paid for magazine articles – mostly film reviews and interviews, text books (again, on film), a smattering of radio comedy and festoons of radio ads. I have written and NOT been paid for a couple of plays and another couple of screenplays, Oh, yeah, and I’ve taught lots of Media Studies and a bit of Creative Writing. But I’ve never published prose. Not one word. With that in mind, I’m part way through writing a collection of short stories. I took a detour from that to write this story for you … Partly because, at just 2,000 words, it wasn’t a long detour, but mostly to see if I could write something that is actually scary.
‘The Retribution Of Elsie Buckle’, audio excerpt by Lucy V Hay
When London Screenwriters Festival launched the search for fifty horror stories for its Twisted50, Volume 1, I thought – since I wasn’t heading up the initiative – I might as well enter. At the time, though I’d published two books about writing, plus a couple of novels, I hadn’t actually published any short prose. It