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14 Year wrote a Very graphic horror story

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Whynotchoose Tue 09-Jun-15 19:35:25

My 14 year old Son has got into trouble from his school for writing a VERY graphic Horror story, personally I found it very well written (I'm even considering publishing it with Amazon/Kindle).

He is the youngest of three, His brothers are 25 and 18. His Mum and I have always let are Kids have a fairly free reign (within reason).

My Question is, is it wrong for a 14 year old to be writing this kind of story or as I think a good piece of creative writing (Think Stephen King at his best).

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Tue 09-Jun-15 19:37:07

You would have to expand on the content.

At 13 I wrote a very graphic horror centred around domestic violence. I was praised for ingenuity, not penalised for graphic content!

PerspicaciaTick Tue 09-Jun-15 19:38:19

Graphic as in gruesome or graphic as in psychologically or sexually disturbing?

I don't think he should be in trouble for writing a genuinely well-written example of the genre. But I hope he warned the teacher about the content and was careful about distributing it among classmates - at 45yo I'm too much of a wuss to want VERY graphic horror images unexpectedly in my head.

Rivercam Tue 09-Jun-15 19:38:26

What sort of story was he asked to write? Why was he in trouble?

MrsNextDoor Wed 10-Jun-15 14:05:28

There's nothing wrong with this at 14 imo. I was reading Stephen King and James Herbert from 11...my older brother had a large collection of horror and I loved them and was a very advanced reader.

My cousin (gifted) once wrote a story about depression when she was 16 and the stupid teacher red circled anything she thought was "rude"....one of them included a description of a dog shitting...it was relevant and well written....I would complain.

Whynotchoose Wed 10-Jun-15 19:20:18

Thanks for your replies, basically the story is about a young boy who's bullied at school. The boy in the story decides to extract his revenge by killing and tormenting his Bullies this involves nailing of ears to the floor, disembowelling etc.
The book was something he'd decided to write himself basically he showed to his Head of English because because he was proud of what he wrote and he wanted it checked for spelling, grammar etc.

Thing is I personally have no problem with it and are hugely proud of him, I've always enjoyed Horror and have a large collection of horror books at home, which on occasion he has read,
TBH I'm not to bothered what the school think, he's due to move to a new and more specialised school in September (He wants to be an Engineer).
Really the School has the problem I've had two other Kids go through the same if they don't fit in there "LITTLE BOX" they get scared.

MrsNextDoor Wed 10-Jun-15 19:31:36

Is he bullied himself? And what sort of trouble did he get into? What did they do?

ragged Wed 10-Jun-15 19:36:48

How does it compare to a Darren Shan book?

CamelHump Wed 10-Jun-15 19:41:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Floggingmolly Wed 10-Jun-15 19:43:39

You're thinking of publishing it???

AndNowItsSeven Wed 10-Jun-15 19:45:54

That's not horror that's seriously disturbing. I would be grateful the school haven't rang childrens services.

fourchetteoff Wed 10-Jun-15 19:50:19

Um.
Time and a place.

I am a writer and I actually have written some fairly intense horror and sex scenes too (ooh, misses). But I wouldn't read the sex scenes out at certain venues or the horror ones out at my nicey writers group.

I think horror stories like that can be creative and well written and sometimes the darker the horror, the more it shows creativity. Just because you write it, doesn't mean you want to do it! But in this case I would question your DSs judgement for thinking this was fine for school. He'd be better off directed to online horror writing groups for feedback. It's not a case of quashing creativity, it's knowing there is an appropriate place for things.

MrsNextDoor Wed 10-Jun-15 19:52:49

Seven to be fair you can't say it's not Horror without reading it. Op only mentioned some aspects.

AndNowItsSeven Wed 10-Jun-15 19:55:04

Fair enough it's inappropriate seriously disturbing horror. I would have concerns about a child who wrote such a story.

fourchetteoff Wed 10-Jun-15 19:57:31

I wouldn't be.

Again, there is an amazing line between writing about doing something and actually doing it. I have always had completely twisted plot lines jostling about in my head, but am a kind person, morally fairly well balanced, who bakes for the school fair. It's a very simplistic thing to say that this is worrying.

Cassie258 Wed 10-Jun-15 19:58:24

You are the parent. If you don't have a problem, then it is not the schools place to.

I agree about the time and place to a degree and obviously depending on the severity of it but it's not the fault of you or your child that the teacher is a sensitive Sally.

SewingBox Wed 10-Jun-15 20:02:44

What do you mean "got into trouble"?

Seems odd to punish him for a piece of writing, but if you mean they've raised some concerns, then I think they would be lax not to.

If there's no cause for concern, that's fine, but it does sound like some of what he's written could be indications of a troubled soul, or a vivid imagination. Anyway, they'd be wrong not to check it out IMO.

Mrscog Wed 10-Jun-15 20:04:14

Sounds good, but very much along the lines of a Ben Elton book I read, might be worth cross referencing it before publishing in case there's too much overlap for copyright purposes!

fourchetteoff Wed 10-Jun-15 20:07:34

Just a BTW - I recently participated in a university creative writing class.

No horror or graphic sex scenes were allowed as it could be triggering to other classmates who would have to assess these stories too.

My friend, who instructs the class, told me that the main reason she didn't allow it though is that so many, many, many of the stories written previously by the 18-21 year old lads had some kind of serial killer/graphic death tales. She got incredibly bored by reading the same thing, mostly badly written, over and over again.

Could your son instead write something else and submit it to show that he has good scope?

Happyyellowcar Wed 10-Jun-15 20:07:44

As long as he's not going to be acting it out then I don't think he should get into trouble for writing it. Freedom of expression and all that...

CamelHump Wed 10-Jun-15 20:09:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TopCivilServant Wed 10-Jun-15 20:09:32

First thing that came into my mind is that it sounds like something you'd find in the bedroom of one of those disturbed kids who take a gun to school and shoot their teacher and class mates in America.
I think it'd make me a bit twitchy as a teacher

Haggisfish Wed 10-Jun-15 20:12:32

I agree-it would be a safeguarding red flag and I would refer to our child protection officer to investigate.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 10-Jun-15 20:14:04

Seriously? It doesn't sound worse than a Stephen King novel or something, and I'm sure plenty of us were reading those at 14?

TopCivilServant Wed 10-Jun-15 20:17:10

I don't think it sounds that bad, setting it in a school is the bit that feels inappropriate to me I think

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