ShaunAllan Presents: Telling a Retelling

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Telling a Retelling by Shaun Allan

Telling a Retelling by Shaun Allan

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Hey there. I'm Shaun Allan, shaunallan here on Wattpad. Yes, I know. It's not the most inventive of usernames, is it? Perhaps it's a sign of my lack of creativity...? Nah...!

It's a pleasure to be here, again, for the Block Party! I think this is my third time as a guest. I'm the one who eats all the sausage rolls, just so you know. So, anywho-be-do (as Sin says), here we go.

I'm a horror writer. When I'm asked what I write, that's what I tell them. I write horror. My book, Sin, reached #1 in Psychological Horror on Amazon and has been on the featured lists of multiple horror movies, such as Rings and Unfriended. In fact, as you'll know if you follow me, I've written for such horror films as The Purge: Anarchy, Sinister II, Incarnate (with the wonderful kellyanneblount) and Stephen King's IT movie. So, that's me.

Isn't it?

I generally think so. I love horror - books and movies. After I'd moved from science fiction, passed through fantasy and arrived this particular genre, I felt at home. So... how come I started writing fantasy retellings of timeless stories? How did I manage to change things around?

Well, I'm not sure I have.

I remember well when I first had the idea to write And the Meek Shall Walk. In reality, I didn't. Why would I be so arrogant as to think I could rewrite an ageless classic? Who the hell did I think I was? Well, blame my daughter. It's all her fault.

We were on holiday in the Lake District and I'd finished writing Suffer the Little Children (my Sinister II piece). I wasn't sure what to move on to. I had Mortal Sin, my Sin sequel, to write and some other ideas. Meg had other plans. She was bursting with an idea for me to adapt. She wanted me to write a different version of The Little Mermaid, where Ariel cut her tail off rather than 'magicked' it into legs. She was 12, I think. Maybe 11. I was so proud! But, what do I know about such things? Could I do it justice? I was doubtful though I'd give it a go. And, Aren was born. I was unsure, initially, if I was doing the right thing and I must admit that it took me a little time to warm to the story. My love for the book soon grew, though, not least because of the comments I received. And the Meek Shall Walk has been called 'beautiful' and 'savage,' and it's the latter comment that, perhaps, tells me I'm still writing a version of horror.

 And the Meek Shall Walk has been called 'beautiful' and 'savage,' and it's the latter comment that, perhaps, tells me I'm still writing a version of horror

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