David Cook

dave cookThe juxtaposition of the children and the carousel horses terrified me as both an editor and a writer. How would you react to seeing something like described in the ending?   
I would run, if I were a human, or gallop, if I were a horse. Assuming I wasn’t impaled to the ride.

 This reminded me a great deal of the stories we would often read as kids, the ones that would thoroughly scar us. Did you have any stories like that just terrified you as a kid?    
Roald Dahl’s The Witches had me worried every time I saw a woman scratching her head, or one who had larger-than-average nostrils, in case they turned me into a mouse. Or something worse.

Are there any writers or stories you could say inspire your writing or even this particular story?
This story had been simmering in my mind ever since I read the very excellent Waiting by Gaynor Jones, which is also about a carousel. It got me thinking about how a family attraction could be quite sinister. Both stories take the same ride, but cover it in different shades of darkness.

If you had a message for readers about this story or writing in general, what would you say?
Some ideas sound brilliant in your head but just don’t work out on paper. Others, like this story, sound like madness from the off but work out well when it comes to writing them down. So don’t dismiss any idea until you’ve had a crack at it.

Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
There’s plenty to be scared of in the everyday besides carousels. Your shadow, for instance, or your printer.


You can read David Cook’s piece “A Blur of Horses and Humans” in Issue Eight of The Ginger Collect!

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