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New Literary Movement

I have just read some of Knifepoint Horror, Volume One and, now that my eyes have stopped bleeding, and I have stopped laughing, I am going to share it with you.

It will, perhaps, surprise you to learn that Knifepoint Horror is in fact a movement, of the literary kind, and of the horror literature kind (which has always been very special for literature movements). The movement--of which I will include the rules below--is the idea of Soren Narnia, and its rules are ones that, basically, strip back anything that resembles prose, and renders a story in one long block of capitalised text, without a title. Of course, you might see the flaw in saying that you can't have a title and then calling a book Knifepoint Horror, but anyone who can produce two hundred and forty nine pdf pages of capitalised, no dialogue exchanged first draft vomit is obviously someone who isn't going to be too fussed with those rules that he or she has created for their own literary movement. Interestingly, one might note that while the rules state that no paragraph breaks take place, they in fact do exist, in the form of large dots, this ruining the continuous wall of screaming text result.

But!

Don't take my word for it. Below are the rules and a link to the free pdf of Knifepoint Horror:

THE DICTATES OF KNIFEPOINT HORROR

1) The story must be told in the first person, and begin with a simple statement of the narrator's name.

2) There can be no entry into the minds or voices of characters other than the narrator’s.

3) No standard exchanges of dialogue can be included.

4) Regardless of the length of the story, there can be no chapter, sectional, or even paragraph breaks. It must be revealed in the uninterrupted grammar of someone who simply cannot stop until the story is fully told. Changes in a line of thought can only be noted by a simple mark between sentences.

5) Extensive descriptions of settings or characters which do not propel the story forward are anathema to knifepoint horror. The genre focuses entirely on the unfolding of the story's essential spine.

6) The story must be written so that it authentically mimics the sound of one person relating a chain of events to another through a rudimentary personal confession, single long journal entry, or oral account. Literary devices such as extended flashbacks, non-linear structures, diary or epistolary formats, or other unusual techniques dilute the intent of knifepoint. Forbidden are such tools as prologues and epilogues, one-sentence paragraphs designed for shock or suspense value, introductory quotes, asides, and any hint of humor or romance.

7) The story must be told entirely in cold, emotionless uppercase letters.

8) The story can have no title.


Knifepoint Horror, Volume One.

Personally, I think Knifepoint Horror is going to make a fine thing to read on the street corners of Sydney with a microphone. MY NAME IS WILLIAM ROYDON, I will scream, IN OCTOBER OF 2005, I WAS CHECKING THE LOCAL PAPER FOR JOB LISTINGS, LOOKING TO MAKE A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS WITH MY VIDEO CAMERA BETWEEN WEDDING GIGS, WHEN I CAME ACROSS AN AD FROM A MAN LOOKING FOR A VIDEOGRAPHER FOR A DAY. HE WAS OFFERING FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS TO ANYONE WITH A HIGH QUALITY CAMERA WHO WAS WILLING TO SIGN A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT ABOUT THE JOB. I SENT AN E-MAIL EXPLAINING WHY I WAS SUITABLE FOR THIS TASK, AND TWO DAYS LATER I GOT A RESPONSE. I WAS TO MEET THIS MAN, WHO SAID HIS NAME WAS FORSCH CORDING, IN THE TOWN OF ROBIN SONG, VIRGINIA, WHERE I WAS BORN AND LIVED UNTIL I WAS TWELVE YEARS OLD.
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