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Simon was pressing repeatedly. His arms felt like giving up, but he couldn't give up. His son, Andrew, was depending on him.

They had been driving home in the dark, on a secluded back road. A truck came towards them, but it didn't seem like anything. However, this time, the driver hit them, sending Simon's car into a tree.

Simon had gotten his son out, and Andrew wasn't breathing. The truck was gone. Simon was on his own, and he started CPR, desperately hoping to save Andrew. Simon was losing hope, but he had to keep trying. Then, Andrew gasped.

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    Horrorshow over 4 years ago

    Brandon, I've been meaning to ask who your literary influences / favourite writers are.

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    Brandon Sutton over 4 years ago

    My more surreal writing and wordplay is influenced by James Joyce, Finnegan's Wake in particular. In fact, Dream #7 was an attempt at something similar to the dream language of the Wake. My more emotional and serious writings are influenced by the Feminist writers of the late 1800's and 1900's. Although I am not a woman, I can identify with the themes of feeling emotionally segregated and having one's abilities overlooked. However, I tend to get most of my ideas when listening to music, not when reading, so I guess it is a large influence as well. What are your influences/favorites?

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    Horrorshow over 4 years ago

    Thanks for responding, Brandon. It's good to get a better understanding of your work.

    My favourite writers include H.P. Lovecraft, Thomas Ligotti, Philip K. Dick, Hunter S. Thompson, Cormac McCarthy, Charles Bukowski and William S. Burroughs.

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    Brandon Sutton over 4 years ago

    I can see now where the darkness and shock factors of your works come from. Though I am not completely familiar with some of these authors, it makes perfect sense to me that H.P. Lovecraft, Philip K. Dick, and Hunter S. Thompson are among your favorite authors. I personally enjoy these three a great deal as well. Thanks for responding!

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    Brandon Sutton over 4 years ago

    I forgot to mention Lewis Carrol is a major influence as well, but I think that was probably obvious. :)

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    Horrorshow over 4 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. :-)

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    Brandon Sutton over 4 years ago

    Me too. I'd say that and Through the Looking Glass were large influences on my experiments with language. I also like exploring paradoxes in stories because of these two works.

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