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Guest Post: Haunted Lounge Writer Nolan Nargang

In case you've missed it, we're featuring some brand new scary stories from over a dozen talented writers in the Dapper Press Lounge this month. We've invited them to answer a few questions on our blog. Today, we present Nolan Nargang, whose poem "As the Ropes Hang" was published in the Lounge this morning!

The October Lounge stories are all about fear. What are you afraid of? Where does your fear stem from? 

For me, my fear stems from various different aspects of my life. It can be a phobia, an idea, a mindset. There have been times where I cannot go back to sleep because I don't want to experience a certain dream. For the most part, when I write something fear-based, I tap into that dark part of my mind that no one ever wants to go to. Sometimes when you take yourself to that place, you can really scare yourself to the point where you think you're experiencing someone else's thoughts. But if you take that and make art or literature out of it, you can get into a very creative head space and form something you never thought you would.

What inspired you to write this particular short story?

What inspired me to write "As the Ropes Hang" wasn't so much inspiration as it was jotting a dream down and expanding on it a bit. I was an insomniac for a few months, and this one night I got off work at 2 AM. I got home and hadn't slept for I'm not sure how long. Finally I fell asleep and had this very grim dream. I woke up, still in a dreamy state, to an eerie song. I then grabbed my notebook by my bed and began writing with my eyes barely open. I woke the next day with this poorly scribbled "dream entry," which ended up sounding like a short story. Then I took it and expanded on it and got "As the Ropes Hang." It's one of the few things I've written that has flowed organically and felt natural coming together.

What's next for you? What writing projects do you currently have up your sleeve?

I like to write in a lot of various styles. I constantly write anything that comes to mind wherever I'm at, whether it's on my phone, on a napkin, on sheet of scrap paper at work and seeing something bigger form out of a split second thought. Right now I'm workshopping some ideas for a novel. I've been really wanting to tackle one for a long time and now feels right to do one. The only thing I need to work on is a printing package, I've been looking for a long time. I may write it up and keep it under my belt for a while. I'm also working on trying to collaborate with an artist on a comic book. Time will have to be my friend for now.

Thank you for taking time to read one of my writings. Hopefully you'll see more of my work soon.

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