I really think you are one sick disturbed person. I was fine with King of Thorns until I got to the chapter about ****. I got to the part about where **** was in the cart and then flipped the pages. Unfortunately I read the sentence "*******************************"
That sentence is seared into my brain and has given me nightmares. It might be fiction but it is just horrible. There is no excuse for this sort of thing. The torture of an innocent animal. ***************************. You could have found a different way to make you point. I took the book straight back to the library. I will never ever read another book by you as long as I live. I dont know where all this darkness comes from with you but you are
quite obviously disturbed. I don't care if you are with 10 kids and 5 dogs. Sick sick sick.
My reply: "Excellent choice, ma'am."
The mail above was interesting to me for several reasons:
i) It embodied the Hollywood advice: slaughter as many co-ed teens as you want, but shoot a puppy and your film is toast.
ii) It brought home to me how differently people's imaginations are wired. Indeed how people without an imagination can mistrust those who have one - failing completely to understand how an imagination works.
The innocent animal (I don't recall ever claiming it was innocent mind you) was made of words. It didn't really suffer. Just because I can imagine bad things happening doesn't mean I have done or want to do those things.
Later additions on the subject:
From an Amazon review: "until the infamous dog scene, which was so horrific I never want to read another word written by this author. I've read umpteen horror novels that haven't kept me awake like that scene."
Forum quote: "An early scene with the young Jorg and his dog almost had me putting it down, and I'm from quite a good horror vintage with a strong stomach."
From a Goodreads review: "I really liked the first book, but couldn't get past the dog torture scene early in the second book so I stopped reading. It is a shame, because I do like the story, but wow, that was horrifying and made me ill and I don't want to risk more of it, so I tapped out."
But here's the main thing:
Torture is horrific. If you read about the torture of a human and it doesn't make you feel sick, sad, and a little dirty, then either it's badly written or it's an indictment of how desensitized we've become.
Contrary to common belief there are no torture scenes in Prince of Thorns, and none (save the non-human one this post concerns) until Emperor of Thorns.
I've never written a torture scene to titillate. I expect the ones I have written to have an impact, and they are there because the constitute important moments in Jorg's life. Life changing moments that are responsible in part for who he is.
I never intend to write torture porn (like Saw I, II, III etc). I don't expect the reader to keep putting the popcorn into their mouth while it happens.