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How to Handle Writing Fantasy-Horror That Features Violence Against Children 

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How to Handle Writing Fantasy-Horror That Features Violence Against Children 

I am answering random questions today about character creating, plots points, and world building type styff, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.

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My main character starts out the series, murdering his 4 children to get back at his wife. Poisons them, then slits their throats. Turns it into a massive Necromancy ritual. Then he kills his wife too.

The whole thing is drawn out in gory detail, spans about 20 pages of descriptive murder.

It's the ending of the first book in the series, after you see him being bullied, tortured (literally tortured, as in a full blown 40 page long scene of him being mutilated, dragged naked in the streets tied to a horse, and castrated in public.... it's very much medieval torture porn).... but you see 300 pages of him putting up with one thing after another. The wife is an arranged marriage he wanted no part of, the children were a result of her raping him.

Through all of it he had his lover, so he tried to turn the other cheek and forgive them for how he was treated, but then his lover dies a horrific gruesome death because of his wife, and she's just sadistic laughing over his pain, and he just snaps. Kills the kids to get back at her. For the first time she's faced with the realization of how much he'd really been holding back all these years, then he kills her. Then he uses the souls of his dead children to resurrect his lover.

Like you I found the killing his children part troubling and very difficult to write. I kept going around the story trying to figure out if there was a different way around it. But no matter what else I came up with none of the alternatives felt right.

The way I dealt with it, was, to actually write it that same way... with him, having trouble with killing his children.

Throughout the entire rest of the series (it's very long running, lots of books in the set) you see him constantly saying to himself: "I loved my children, but I loved BoomFuzzy more." He says it over and over again. He never used to drink or do drugs. Now after killing his children, you see him sitting in a tavern drinking and saying to whoever is near him: "I loved my children, but I loved BoomFuzzy more." He'll be buying drugs and say to the dealer: "I loved my children, but I loved BoomFuzzy more." That phrase is stuck in his head, because he's trying to convince himself resurrecting his dead lover was worth murdering his children, but telling himself that isn't working so he's using drinking and drugs to try to forget, only that just makes the night terrors worse... it absolutely destroys him and, then he's got the law hunting him down, so he's now living on the run...

And to make things worse, his lover came back as a cold hearted, incorporeal lich, so, he didn't really get his lover back either AND now in addition to having lost his lover, he's lost his children as well, and he now realizes how much he really misses having them in his life. The reader really sees him tore apart mentally and emotionally over this.

The difficult in killing children, ended up becoming a major plot point in later volumes, as you see him struggling with guilt, regret, depression, and many times suicide. He's plagued with night terrors, and seeing visions of his children in hell screaming, while trying to drag him into a bottomless pit.

It absolutely shatters his ability to function is society as he's slowly driven mad by the realization of :"Omg! What did I do? I killed my children." It hunts him his entire life, and he can't escape it.

It was published a few years ago. Never once had a reader complain about it. It's the 2nd most popular volume of the series. Readers seem to love it, even with the horrific murder scenes of him killing his own children. (And they are young - 2 girls, 2 boys, the youngest was 3, the oldest was 9)

I think, because the way I handled his after reaction to what he did. I think, readers were able to sympathize with why he did what he did, yet also be horrified by it, and then see that he's not a monster and now has to live with what he did and he can't because he really did love his children and the guilt of it is crushing him. I think too it helps him being the point of view character, so readers really get inside his head and know exactly what he's feeling, rather than standing back and watching him do thing, they experience it with him.

I think, how people react to a story like this is dependent on how you handle the killer's motive and after reaction to what they did. It's the difference between him being seen as a monster they