"Murderous Typewriter" - The Typist by D.W. Metz

 In the vein of classics from Lovecraft and Poe comes the horror tale of Henry Pickman. A disillusioned newspaper editor down on his luck, Pickman's fate takes terrifying twist when he finds an antique typewriter with a dark secret and the boundaries between fiction and reality begin to fade.

In the vein of classics from Lovecraft and Poe comes the horror tale of Henry Pickman. A disillusioned newspaper editor down on his luck, Pickman's fate takes terrifying twist when he finds an antique typewriter with a dark secret and the boundaries between fiction and reality begin to fade.

I found The Typist by D.W. Metz on the serial literature site Channillo, it's a horror story and I really enjoyed reading it. I hope you enjoy my review!

Personal Introduction

As I said I found this story on Channillo (click here for the link), but before I get to my thoughts on this story I want to talk about my relationship with the horror genre. 

I am not a fan of horror movies, I'm alright with suspense but when it comes to paranormal and thrillers it's just a no go for me. That's just how I was raised - and as soon as I could think for myself I couldn't imagine why I would want to frighten myself and find it enjoyable. That is still my view of horror movies, however around the same time that I begun reading again (at my workplace while it was slow) I was introduced to reddit.

Now reddit is the dubbed Front Page of The Internet. There's a lot of fun stuff on there as well as a lot of rubbish. However I stumbled across the subreddit r/nosleep which is a full of creepy stories which were difficult to tell whether they were real or fiction. As you may have guessed this was my initiation into horror in literature. I could not stop reading these short gripping stories that ranged from subtle suspense to outright weird monstrosities. It passed many a bored hour at work and soon I knew what I liked in a good horror story and what I didn't.

About the Author

I'm not going to get into who D.W. Metz is too much because I'm organizing an interview with him and I'd love to introduce you to him that way. What I will say is that Metz really is a serial author, just looking at Amazon it's pretty obvious that he writes and publishes a lot. I can also say that they write a lot of horror.

My Thoughts on the Book

The Typist was the first horror story I have read in about six months, I just stumbled upon it and began to read - and couldn't stop. It's a story that hints to its ending right from the start and yet I was intrigued at how the main character ended up where he is. Revealing the monster always reduces how scary it is and if you intend to read this book I won't spoil the surprise. So I won't focus on the story so much as how the writing shaped my experience reading the book. 

On the Writing

The story is actually a novelette, shorter than a novel and so is quite fast paced. It's simple enough while a few key elements that help the story stay on track without loosing you in the detail (which I really enjoy both reading and writing). This book is written in first person, which made me feel invested and later violated (I mean that in the best possible way) which to me is essential in horror. If I don't care, I'm not scared. Make me care about your character! Metz certainly did - I ended up very disturbed.

Final Statements

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short horror read. For me it was a good jump back into the genre and I'll certainly be on the look out for more of D.W. Metz's stories.