121 Thu January 29 2004 - 23:19:54 Fullname: Dave Cook Email: Comments: Well, well, well... I do believe that was Victoria, my youngest daughter, breezing through here in her usual whirlwind fashion. Sheís presently touring schools in the North West/Midlands area, appearing as the Pied Piper, of all things. I always knew her ability to play the penny whistle would come in handy some day! :-)Hey, Vix, look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks. Lots of love, Dad. xxx
122 Thu January 29 2004 - 21:13:07 Fullname: Vik Email:
email@example.com Comments: Just peeked on the Jack the ripper site. Well done Daddio! Another job well done! xxx
123 Thu January 29 2004 - 21:11:23 Fullname: The youngest daughter Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Hey Dad, love you lots and lots and lots, your my favourite person (next to Elton John) xxxxxxxxxxx
(That was a joke...the elton john bit)
124 Thu January 29 2004 - 11:23:08 Fullname: Dave Cook Email: Comments: DAVE, PLENY LONG ENOUGH is available to read online at Darklines.com. Youíll find it in the Contests/Winners section. Itís written under my nickname, Toon. Itís very short, under 600 words, and I think youíll need to become a member (itís free) in order to read it.
How often do I write? I generally try and write a little bit each day. However, because of my present condition, I can only write for short periods at a time. Sure, itís frustrating, but at least it keeps the olí brain ticking over while I plan my next sentence or paragraph. Without that, Iíd probably turn into a cabbage (or a soggy lettuce, or even a couch potato) and end up watching all those boring old TV soaps! Argh!!!! :-)
You have a wife, two kids, and a mortgage? Good for you, DAVE. Families and friends are the most important thing in the world. Be nice to Ďem! Dave.
125 Wed January 28 2004 - 20:27:01 Fullname: DAVE Email: Comments: Dave, you and Jamie rate your short story PLENTY LONG ENOUGH very highly.Where would I be able to read it? a magazine, book, or on line?????????
How often do you write Dave? every day?every week?
PS..A wife, 2 girls, a mortage, so I'm skint, only joking , I love them all...
126 Wed January 28 2004 - 09:41:38 Fullname: Dave Cook Email:
email@example.com Comments: Jamie, yes PLENTY LONG ENOUGH is also my favourite!
Hi Tammy, I'm pleased you liked my latest tale, and thanks for the kind words. Presently, Iím visiting the hospital 3 times a week. While this can be a right old drag, the good news is that Iím doing okay and that my new medication should start to kick in properly within the next few months. It canít cure joint damage, of course, but it will stop them from getting worse.
Isnít Graham Mastertonís latest competition a killer? I have the greatest respect for that man. He must be so busy, and yet he still finds time to do this sort of thing for his fans. I havenít got a clue what my little attempt will be, but if youíre entering, Tammy, I know Iíll be facing some stiff competition! :-) Take care, Dave. xxx
I truly loved THE STUFF OF LIFE & DEATH-what a great story!!! I think you may have finally answered the mystery of "who is Jack the Ripper?" Looking forward to reading more of your tales. Have you come up with an idea for GM's "demon" contest?? I have a couple of ideas, but not too happy with what i've put to paper-still needs some work.
Hope all your medical appointments are going well, & your health is looking up. You are a great friend & you are always in my praayers. Take care. Peace, Tammy
128 Tue January 27 2004 - 23:41:29 Fullname: Jamie Scott Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Yeah cool story Dave. Not as good as PLENY LONG ENOUGH mind. I think that short story of yours rocks! It realy gives me the heeby jeebies. Big Time! All the best - Jamie.
129 Tue January 27 2004 - 23:02:37 Fullname: Dave Cook Email: Comments: Thanks for reading my story, DAVE. The original (shorter) version was written for a competition which had to be set in a certain period, during a favourite holiday, and written in under 1000 words. Otherwise, itís a subject I wouldnít normally write about. As for the identity of the real Jack, I wouldnít be at all surprised if he turned out to be just an ordinary Joe - albeit a sick one - someone who likely got away with the murders simply because he happened to live in the area. What do you reckon, DAVE? Does any particular suspect spring to mind?
As for my family, yes, Iím very proud of them all. Thereís never a dull (or indeed a quiet) moment with them around, I can tell you. How about you, DAVE? Got any kids, or do you still have pots of money? :-) Dave.
130 Tue January 27 2004 - 20:16:16 Fullname: DAVE Email: Comments: Dave, I've read your short story about Jack the Ripper.Excellent tale,a new twist to an old story.Was he a man or a woman?The debate could rage on for years.What's your opinion on the whole ripper "legend" Dave
I've had a look at your webpage---- you've a family to be proud of there Dave
131 Tue January 27 2004 - 16:04:56 Fullname: Dave Cook Email: Comments: Hi everyone! Before I scoot off for yet another hospital appointment I thought Iíd share some good news. My short story, THE STUFF OF LIFE AND DEATH (which finished 3rd in the last Darklines.com short story competition) has been extended and published online. Youíll find it in the Original Ripper Fiction section here at CASEBOOK.ORG, probably the most informative Jack the Ripper website in the world. Cheers, Dave.
132 Sun January 25 2004 - 00:00:14 Fullname: Dave Cook Email: Comments: DAVE and Ron, yes, Phantoms is a good choice. I read that book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. And, The Stand, DAVE, has been top of my ďmust get round to readingĒ list for years - and one of these days I will! Thanks for the tip on Swan Song by R Mccammon. The book I havenít read, but Iíll certainly keep a look out for it. What with that story and The Stand, I guess itís safe to assume that you like Holocaust-type books? As for free time, I seem to spend most it these days sitting in hospital waiting rooms. For one reason or another, I donít get to read (or write) quite as much as Iíd like. One thing is for sure, though. Anything is better than watching the TV earlier this evening, as the Toon bid goodbye to yet another competition! Tragic or what? Oh, well Ė I guess thereís always next year (and where have we heard that before). Dave.
133 Sat January 24 2004 - 22:30:51 Fullname: Ron Fletcher Email: Comments: Hi everyone! My favourite horror book of all time is probably S. King's Christine [much better than the movie] but like DAVE I also enjoyed Phantoms by Dean Koontz, plus Winter Moon. Best wishes, Ron.
134 Sat January 24 2004 - 19:50:20 Fullname: DAVE Email: Comments: Dave, do you spend much time reading? What else do you do with your free time?
No luck Tammy, never mind, you enjoy the sun, we'll enjoy the snow......CHEERS DAVE
135 Sat January 24 2004 - 17:23:15 Fullname: DAVE Email: Comments: Interesting choice Dave, I would agree with you on some but not others.That's the beauty of reading, everyone has they're own favourites, we can dissect,argue,praise, a novel, yet at the end of the day it's your own personel choice.
My all time top 3 novels(that's a tough one)would be----SWAN SONG( R.Mccammon),THE STAND(King),PHANTOMS(Koontz). Icould still think of another 30 or so books to consider, but what the hell.
Are most of your family and friends big readers Dave?
PS.. I,m going to see what the guys on GM's board will pick as they're top 3 novels.