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No Country for Double Standards

Some people 'really' enjoy watching rated R movies. As you know some rated R movies contain adult content that is suggested for a mature audience, such as sex, violence or possible substance abuse. However when this very content is written in books from a competent author that shows character(s) doing the 'same' thing displayed on the silver screen, all of a sudden some people can't deal with reading books of this nature. But, they'll go see the next rated R movie without a second thought...Why?

I was inspired to write this article from the recent book review I received from Self-Publishing-Reviewer (SPR). The rating I got is 3.5, sort of a mixed review. However, I emailed the reviewer and asked questions about the lousy review rating. To be specific I asked questions such as,' Do you read horror? What is 'Southern Gothic'? What commonly 'basic' errors did you see in Seasons of Pain?

I am going to share with you blurbs from the review and show why Seasons of Pain is a breath of fresh air for readers that want read a series that's unpredictable.

The Grim and Gritty of Seasons of Pain

'The book edges on common decency for the entirety of the read, and though never quite crossing any lines into the outright shocking, it cannot be stated enough that any reader put off by the grim and gritty should approach with caution.'

When it comes to writing horror, the grimy and gritty is the back bone of Seasons of Pain. Furthermore, Seasons of Pain pushes the G&G (Grim and Gritty) if you will, to new levels. Supernaturals in Seasons of Pain either have a hard life or a high mortality life style. In their day-to-day life the supernaturals are faced with obstacles in their environment, so the reader can watch them overcome them or watch them make mistakes-at times pay for the consequences. I will say artistry should never be sacrificed for a sensitive audience period. The reason Seasons of Pain stands out is because I don't censor myself. To clarify, Seasons of Pain has its gore, violence and sex. Sex, violence, and gore work together in Seasons of Pain to flesh out how cruel being a supernatural is, however I do not make the big three the main focus of the book at all. To be crystal clear the 'adult content' in Seasons of Pain is seasoning used well to serve up a good dish for the reader to enjoy.

There's also a great number of fairly basic errors, as well as general oddities in the writing of the book that feel like stones against the windshield when drifting through the book, all of which seem like they should have been picked up by a re-read.

I can only assume the reviewer is conditioned to read 'author voice work'. Author voice work is the homicide that's being done to creativity in the literature world. To clarify, character slang is sacrificed for proper spoken English. More so, the reviewer refers to how she cannot understand and follow Jesse's thought process in Seasons of Pain. Jesse Lelrik, the main character in the Seasons of Pain, is in her early twenties. I tailored Jesse's thinking process and reactions like typical twenty something year olds today. I did that for the sake of artistry betwixt making her stand out from the typical role of a female lead in supernatural horror books. Jesse, despite her flaws is not a damsel in distress, she holds her own in a fight. Also, Jesse doesn't run for help when trouble comes her way. To me this places Jesse apart from typical female leads in horror books.  The most important attribute to Jesse, she gave up her magic - this is showing the reader her strength in giving up her birthright.

There are 'no' basic errors in the Seasons of Pain, the spelling of some words in Seasons of Pain are creative. To explain, some words I made up in the Seasons of Pain, or they're old words that have been set aside to make room for idiot social media words. Slang in Seasons of Pain is richly identical to American culture, which brings to address 'basic' errors in detail. Let's face it, in America no one speaks perfect English.  The majority of the American spoken word is slang that is a grammatical bomb of lunacy attempting to tailor itself as perfected spoken English. As for implementing it into Seasons of Pain, it really makes all the characters have their own voice and they do not suffer 'Author voice.' What I am saying is the characters in Seasons of Pain are alive, how they act and express themselves verbally is artistry to give the readers an unforgettable experience reading Seasons of Pain.


I do believe there's a double standard that exists today when it comes to books versus movies. People like this book reviewer on SPR will enjoy watching movies that have all the mindless violence in it. When it comes to Seasons of Pain showing all faces of horror, the double standard arises. As I shared with you the variables of the double standard from the review I got from SPR, which opens the doors to explore other 'oddities' that are not in favor for creativity to really blossom in literature today.  Notice how some publishing companies will want authors that have trending stories similar to what movies are coming out these days? But that's another topic and something to discuss amongst your friends or me.


I strongly feel my topic should be further investigated.  There may be a plethora of variables as to why the double standard exists towards books. Seasons of Pain is an aggressive read for a reason because the supernatural life is action packed and far from being a 'milk and cookie’ read. When it comes to horror and supernatural, I deliver on a gold platter to the reader and go the extra mile on making 'all' characters possible lead characters as Seasons of Pain progresses. Most importantly, I 'do not insult the reader by making Jesse perfect. I have given her flaws to build a bridge to the readers immediately. On that note I have done that to all the characters if you will.  I want to reader to grow with Jesse as she strives to get back to the high point in her life. I have no idea what Jesse is going to be in the end. And neither do I know how long this series will be. So you can say in confidence I am on the same level as the readers when it comes to figuring out what Jesse will be in the end of her long journey.

Imowen Lodestone


Imowen Lodestone  was inspired to write Seasons of Pain in large part because of his admiration for the creative genius of fellow writer H.P. Lovecraft. He always wanted to write a novel dominated by Supernatural characters that showed readers that these individuals, although endowed with special abilities and keen senses, still get scared and make assumptions. As a result of these failings, they sometimes make mistakes. His goal is to reveal to the reader how Supernatural beings experience fear while telling an action packed tale that does not stop with a scary monster but embraces all brands of fear. For more information on Imowen Lodestone and his book visit his website at

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