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I'm back after a super long hiatus. Thanks to everybody who kept supporting "Stains". I'm putting it on the back burner for now and starting my three-part post-post-apocalyptic series about the reconstruction of civilization after the cure of the zombie virus. It's in the plotting stages at the moment, but hopefully I'll have some of it up soon.

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Sydney. I'm 20 years old, and a Creative Writing Major at SUNY New Paltz. I love the rave scene, EDM music, general advanced raging, SSDP (Students For Sensible Drug Policy), horror movies, hipster dive bars, Dabs, and thrift shops.

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favourite books

Marabou Stork Nightmare- Irvine Welsh
The Girl Next Door- Jack Ketchum
Girl, Boy, Girl- Savannah Knoop
Sarah- Jt Leroy
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things- Jt Leroy
Different Seasons- Steven King
Lord of the Flies- William Golding

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L. Sydney Davern

A gonzo-horror torture-porn cloaked in the skin of a transgressive Bildungsroman, “Stains” tells the tale of a hideous murder in a backwoods, white-trash neighborhood.

16-year-old Erin was powerless to stop her parents from abandoning she and her siblings. She could do nothing about her older brother and caretaker, Nate, going to prison, and even less about the sexual abuse he suffered while incarcerated or the stigma that he is branded with due to his perceived homosexuality. She can’t stop him from drinking himself to death or neglecting their toddler sister. And she tries not to care; after all, his despondence just means that he isn’t poking his nose into the adventures that she and her glue-sniffing crew embark on.

But when Nate kidnaps his rapist’s teenage brother, Erin and her friends suddenly have all the power in the world. With the helpless young victim at their mercy and the whole rest of the summer to keep themselves entertained, these youths are about to learn that when even God refuses to pay attention, nothing is taboo.


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tone099 wrote 38 days ago

My name is Peter Reich, special investigator to the Pope and former c....

bibbybop wrote 48 days ago

Hi, saw your zombie thread. This is a book on site that deals with th....

Andreea Daia wrote 77 days ago

Hi Sydney– Would you be interested in a swap read? I write science....

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Your profile picture is amazing!

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I wrote 611 days ago

Hi, I’m here to swap for my novel “Stains”. Before I start, I’d like to say that I critique as I read, and that many of the stylistic “errors” that I tend to point out are largely a matter of personal preference, so feel free to disregard them if you disagree. I hope you find this helpful :) -Y... view book

I wrote 625 days ago

Your opening is exciting and strong; you describe the scene will without being too sadistic about it, which I think a more mainstream audience would appreciate. However, you immediately diverge from any excitement into a winey infodump about the character’s home life. The home life is in itself a ... view book

I wrote 625 days ago

I decided to give this a look. I was very skeptical at first; after all, if you had any really worthwhile advice, you'd already have made some kind of name for yourself. You don't really have the credentials to back up a How-To guide on writing, and it shows. All of the advice given is really obv... view book

I wrote 627 days ago

Hey there, this is a review for the horror critique circle. As a horror writer myself, hopefully I can give you some kind of helpful comments. I’ll be critting as I read First off, WAY too many adverbs. They weigh your action down, and make your writing sound awkward. The opening itself is clic... view book

I wrote 628 days ago

You have a very clean, witty style. I read the first three chapters, and don't have much to say in the way of criticism; I liked your voice, your description, and they way you set the scene. There is something very fresh and funny about your style; it is funny without trying too hard, which I thin... view book

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