Personal Essay: Chris Lewis Carter
It's hard to believe over four years have passed since Pseudopod C:/Run Kill Screen, but IF (they hadn't) THEN (I wouldn't be where I am today) #CreativelySpeaking.
Okay, my computer jokes barely get a C+, but it's true, being featured on Pseudopod really did fork my writing down a different command path.
Less than a week after Mr. Plott wormed his way into podfeeds, I was contacted by a filmmaker in Hollywood who was interested in turning the concept into a screenplay. Although the project has been stuck in development hell (the only place scarier than MrPlottsBadGame), it allowed me to connect with talented people from across the globe, and sparked a passion for screenwriting that I never knew existed.
Since then, I've found a manager, won awards for writing a short film, House Hunting, and currently have feature-length projects under consideration at several studios. Will anything ever see the light of day? Who knows? If nothing else, I've met with executives at companies that have produced some of my all-time favourite movies, gained a crash course in the entertainment industry, and have written things that never would have existed, had all of this never happened. That has to count for something, right?
On the literary side, if you enjoyed “Kill Screen,” I've released a (mostly) horror-themed short story collection, Always Sometimes Monsters <insert plug: only $0.99 on Amazon, or available as a free PDF on my website, chrislewiscarter.com> and two young adult novellas, Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching and Kraken Fishing. Thanks again to Pseudopod for their incredible work on “Kill Screen,” and for unleashing Mr. Plott upon the masses. Seriously, the production is so chilling that I som#t)mes f0rg&t it*$ on!y @-
Chris Lewis Carter's current whereabouts are unconfirmed. His house was found empty and his computer running. The speakers were playing ominous chiptunes on endless loop.