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Horse Voice

I only work in black. And sometimes very, very dark grey.

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  • Thursday
    Horse Voice-Esque Stories #1; Also, I'm Big in Japan

    6 comments · 120 views
  • 1w, 2d
    Horse Voice-esque stories—let's have 'em!

    10 comments · 151 views
  • 4w, 4d
    The new Horse Voice story is finished...

    3 comments · 92 views
  • 4w, 4d
    Guess Who's Coming to Everfree

    20 comments · 139 views
  • 6w, 3d
    Who Are the Rising Stars of Pony Fiction?

    About a week ago, DGD Davidson announced he would be going into semi-retirement, probably emerging only to post the last chapter of one (!) of his three unfinished novel-length stories.

    Another one bites the dust. The pattern has been clear for some time: An author gets into pony fiction, cranks out a huge bibliography, suffers burnout, and leaves. Worse, they often leave behind unfinished stories.

    (The good news for my readers is that I've never over-invested myself, and I'm well past the rough patch I went through, back when I felt like I had a mutually abusive relationship with this fandom. I have no shortage of stories left to tell—provided there remains an audience for them—and for the first time, I'm making steady progress.)

    But this raises a question: Is there enough new blood coming into this fandom to replace the old? Are there any more recent new authors whose work holds up against the contents of, say, the Pony Fiction Vault?

    I ask because every time I try to find out for myself, I'm paralyzed by choice. In the early days, there was relatively little content to sift through when looking for the best authors. Now, it's difficult to find the new equivalents of Bad Horse, Horizon, AugieDog, Skywriter, etc., in the sea of people churning out potboilers.

    So now I ask you all: Have you seen any promising candidates emerging in the past year?

    Because if there aren't any, I fear a slow entropy of quality may have already begun.

    62 comments · 560 views
  • 15w, 4d
    A few notes on "Long Live Sonata Dusk"

    (EDIT: Derp! I neglected to mention this story also got reviewed by Seattle's Angels and The Last Roundup! Thanks, guys!)

    1. Yesterday, Bookish Delight* added my humble story to the EqG group's "Cream of the Crop" folder. It's the first Dark story to get in there, and I couldn't possibly be more pleased; just look at my big, toothy grin. I could grin like this forever, and ever, and...

    2. Interestingly, on the same day my story ran, another story was published, also involving Mr. Death, the sirens, and an accident on a highway. (The story is actually quite good, involving a dark-fantastical take on the Prisoner's Dilemma.) How about that--even the events surrounding my stories are full of eerie coincidences.

    3. The godawful song sung by my Mr. Death was written by me a number of years ago. I'm not in the habit of writing verse, as if it wasn't obvious. Without further buildup, here is Horse Voice's "The Ballad of Nasty Joe" in full. (The horror, the horror...)


    This is the story o’ Nasty Joe

    A man who dealt in drugs

    He’d play at games o’ chance an’ death

    With a motley band o’ thugs

    An idea they had: the fear

    O’ death would get you high

    They’d play Russian Roulette with scag

    The loser was to die

    They took a pistol and they spun

    The chambers ‘round an’ ‘round

    They spread the White Death all over

    In lines upon the ground

    An’ any man who spun the gun

    An’ shot it to his head

    An’ didn’t croak could take a sniff

    ‘Till he was high or dead

    The game went on and no one died

    Though chance was one in six

    For all is still in good fun when

    The hammer only clicks

    Now Nasty Joe, he spun the gun

    An’ took another sniff

    An’ picked it up at once again

    To play for one last whiff

    For he was one to chance the fate

    Of which they would make light

    He held it to his head once more

    An’ he pulled the trigger tight


    That piece o’ lead

    Hit ol’ Joe’s head

    Just underneath the hair

    An’ out it came

    An’ bits o’ brain

    Were blown out everywhere

    They rushed him to the hospital

    ‘Twas just a moment’s drive

    The Doc could not believe it that

    This man was still alive

    Put him to sleep, opened him up

    An’ took a look inside

    An’ half his frontal lobe was gone

    But boy, he hadn’t died

    And as I close I tell you, sir

    As honest as I can

    From that day forth, ol’ Nasty Joe

    Was a kinder, gentler man!

    *If there's one thing I know about bookish delight, it's that you should never accept it from strange witches. :pinkiecrazy:

    5 comments · 122 views
  • 20w, 1d
    Long Live RainbowBob

    About two days ago, RainbowBob was in a bad traffic accident.

    His leg is broken, as are several bones in his right arm. He's in constant pain, despite medication.

    Moral support is important at times like these, so please drop by and say a few kind words.

    (Long Live Sonata Dusk tagged for relevant themes.)

    4 comments · 155 views
  • 22w, 1d
    This Nightmare Night

    7 comments · 162 views
  • 25w, 2d
    A Few Thoughts on "Rainbow Rocks"

    25 comments · 352 views
  • 26w, 1d
    "Leviathan" Audiobook by Ilya Leonov

    Well, bless my bones! Ilya Leonov, the golden voice of the pony fandom, was so impressed by Leviathan that he made an audiobook version in record time.

    This is the second audiobook based on a Horse Voice story, and as before, I find myself absolutely floored by its quality. Big thanks, Ilya!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I need to listen to it a few more times.

    5 comments · 168 views
  • 26w, 2d
    Signal Boost: Please Help Scribbler

    Hello, Monsters fans.

    You will surely remember Scribbler, who did the audiobook for this story, and was on the panel for the Heroic Review's excellent analysis of the same. She also organized the charity effort for Pounce, (also plugged in this space a while back) after he was financially buried by medical bills. The fandom stepped up to the plate for him. Now, let's step up for Scribbler.

    I'll let Illya Leonov explain:

    The GoFundMe campaign may be found here.

    4 comments · 228 views
  • 28w, 12h
    "The Writing on the Wall" now has a TV Tropes page

    Well, rattle my bones! Titanium Dragon was kind enough to build a TV Tropes page for my humble adventure-horror one-shot.

    This entry is special, because due to the nature of the story, the list of tropes actually contains more spoilered than unspoilered text. If there's another page like that... well, I'd be curious to see it.

    So big thanks to TD, and a warm welcome to everyone who found this space through TVT.

    Be well, ponies!


    7 comments · 237 views
  • 29w, 4d
    About That Visual Companion...

    In March, I ran this visual companion to Monsters, with a promise to write a second part detailing the cultural artifacts and historic events that influenced the story. I originally planned to release it within a month or two, but ran into a problem. The stack of books I have on the relevant subjects is half a foot thick, not counting the covers. What I thought would be an easy project involving skimming a few books, now looks much more intimidating. This and other issues have led to the thing being as overdue as it is.

    So my question for you all is this: Is there still enough interest out there to justify making the second part? Or should I touch up the original to stand on its own, and apply myself to finally writing a new story?

    8 comments · 215 views
  • 30w, 1d
    The Evil Picture

    My father dropped by to visit twice this week. This is a little odd, since he died four years ago today.

    The first dream took place on the morning of the 26th, just before I woke up. I was laying awake in my bed in the townhouse we had roomed in just before he passed away. I heard him get up from his bed in the next room over. With laboring steps, he walked to mine unannounced and sat down in a chair beside me.

    I could tell he had been dead for at least a few days. His skin was ghastly pale, and he was leaking so many bodily fluids, he must have left a trail of them as he walked. But he was articulate—perhaps more so than in the last year he had been alive.

    He looked at me gravely and said, in typical dramatic fashion, "It's a horrible thing, seeing the Evil Picture."

    Intuitively, I knew what he meant. The Evil Picture is the image of someone close to you who has lost all faculty, and can do nothing except wait for his body to give up the ghost. Given time, you can come to accept it, but you will still carry the Evil Picture for the rest of your life.

    The second dream, which I have just woken from, took place in the house and neighborhood where I moved shortly after he passed away. He wasn't dead, and we were talking casually, like old friends. But at length, he asked to see some of the creative things I had been working on.

    I don't know if he referred to the stuff I've published here. I often advise my best friend on his science fiction stories, and no doubt Dad considered those a part of my body of work, at least by association. I admit I was worried about what he would say. Time skipped forward, as it often does in dreams, and all he said was that, in short, he had no ideological qualms with the themes of what I had worked on.

    It always bothers me to think I might do something he would have strongly disapproved of. Would he have reacted badly to my liking of cartoon ponies, I wonder? I tend to think he would have simply dismissed them. But then again, he was a lifelong fan of Rupert Bear, and shared my love of Calvin & Hobbes, so if he were alive to give ponies a chance, then maybe, just maybe, they could have gotten under his skin too.

    Well, since the Dad I remember doesn't disapprove of my work, it's back to the writing desk for me.

    18 comments · 234 views
  • 32w, 3d
    Wherefore Art Thou, Vox Equus?

    First off, real quick:

    If anyone's going to BronyCAN this year, you can catch Soundslikeponies, GaryOak, and myself doing a creative writing panel at 11:30 on Saturday, August 23.

    I'll only be there for the one day, but if you want to meet the skull guy in the flesh (or is that the bone?) you can catch me after the panel, when we will be informally chatting with attendees.

    Otherwise, you can easily pick me out of the crowd because my shirt will read "I EAT PONIES" in big letters.

    *  *  *

    Now, there's something I want to say, and to ask you all.

    With all the con reports coming out over the summer, I feel I should explain why I haven't finally gone to meet you fine folk at Everfree Northwest and other events. I would like to, but, well...

    There seem to be three stages of life as it pertains to fandom. A student usually has enough free time to go to cons. An adult who has had the same job for at least a few years can go on his vacation time. But guys like me, at the stage of life when they're clawing at the bottom rungs of the job market, often can't spare the time—or, for that matter, the money.

    People in my age group often have to grab the first job opportunity that comes along, and hold on for dear life until there are better options. And I intend to switch to a better option by the year's end, because the job I have is driving me batty. When this happens, my accrued vacation time will reset to zero. So next year isn't looking too good either.

    Still, GaryOak recently raised an interesting possibility. If I arranged a three-day weekend, bussed to Seattle, and only stayed two nights, I could pull it off. I might even qualify for a seat on a writing panel.

    But I wonder if it would be worth it. Due to circumstances beyond my control, my fandom participation over the past year has been pathetic. I haven't written or read much, and I can't seem to keep my word when I say I'll do something. Worse, I made a lot of bad impressions on people in the year after the publication of Monsters, mostly because I was in an evil mood for a long time. I wouldn't blame people for losing patience with me.

    So now I ask you, those who have stuck with me: Should I go, or not? Would it be worth it? Is there still any interest in experiencing my dementedness in person? Or should I make a point of rebuilding my reputation before I even think about it?

    Be well, everyone.

    8 comments · 170 views
  • 36w, 6d
    Any Arddun Lleuad fans out there?

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  • 39w, 6d
    Three days.

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So, I assume you've all seen that trailer by now.

There have been lots of opinions flying around regarding Equestria Girls's quality, or lack thereof. But I'm more interested in its effect on canon. The way I see it, there are two possibilities.

1) The show makes no reference to the film. If you're writing fan fiction, this would mean that you could decide for yourself whether it's canon, or just a "what if?" story. Dragonball Z is an example of this.

2) The show references the film; it's canon, whether we like it or not.

Obviously, the first possibility gives the fanfic writer more flexibility. I for one am a big proponent of not-crap Human stories, and would like to continue writing them, unimpeded.

One of the unique aspects of the Human genre, is the strong sense of "otherness"--that thrill of discovery as the ponies meet an alien, or mythical creature, or species they thought was extinct, or whatever. If ponies know about humans, then the era of First Contact stories in fan fiction may be nearing its end.

And I think that would be a shame. It's true most of these stories are rubbish, but misuse of a thing does not abrogate its proper use. With canonical humans in Equestria, "Biblical Monsters" simply could not have happened. Nor could Anthropology. And I'm sure you can name a few.

So, if any of you fine readers have original ideas for Human stories, you had better hustle, because this sucker comes out in June.

(Note: that this point, the author begins to talk about his plans for future stories. By all means, skip it if you're uninterested.)

Why-oh-why couldn't I have written faster?

Luckily, I've already used my best ideas for Human stories. Four usable ones remain: a short story, a novella, a clopfic, and a full novel. The clopfic and novel take place in the same alternate universe as "The Savage Way" (yes, seriously) so they're alright in any case. The short story bears many resemblances to one of those I've already written, so it's no huge loss if it no longer works.

That leaves just the novella. The story I've been working on will have to wait until that novella is done, because next month may be the final deadline. Sorry, folks, but you'll have to wait a bit longer for the latest from the Horse House of Horror.

Be well.

Horse Voice · 908 views · Edited 84w, 11h ago · Report
#1 · 97w, 6d ago · · ·

I'll just tag the suckers as AU and mention it's pre-film/EQG.

EDIT: OH SNAP, anyone catch that luchador pony with the yellow and red combo, the 'new' main character or whatever?  Remind you of that bitchy chick from the trailer?

#2 · 97w, 6d ago · · ·


That is certainly a viable solution. But I've heard that the AU tag can turn people off from giving a story a chance.

Although, if EQG turns out to be widely reviled, that tag may turn people on to a story instead. We'll see.

#4 · 97w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1075269 If it does turn out to be cannon, then a new genre of stories could form: the world between worlds.

#5 · 97w, 6d ago · 1 · ·


Cool story bro.

#7 · 97w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Actually, it can all but be confirmed that this is a non canon. Jason Theissan was once asked whether humans would be introduced and replied that under no circumstances ever be canon to the cartoon storyline.

#8 · 97w, 6d ago · · ·

Still, I'll ask Theissen again

#9 · 97w, 6d ago · · ·


True. But, that was a while ago. And if the big bosses disagree, it's not worth losing one's job over. Know what I mean?

I'm not saying for sure, one way or another, but yes, it would be great if you could ask.

#10 · 97w, 6d ago · · ·

To be honest, I feel betrayed. I was assured that the movie won't, under any circumstances, interference with the show's Equestria, and believing firmly in this promise, I stood unflichingly as a rock in the howling firestorm of the fandom raging about EqG. This trailer, however, shows that yes, it's our favorite ponies from Equestria who're undertaking this quest (or at least Twilight), with Princess Celestia acknowledging it and everything. This negates any hope of an "alternative universe" setting - even if the human universe and the ponyverse are alternate universes, Twilight is still the same in both. No, really that was low. I still don't want to judge the actual movie before watching it, though, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.

I didn't really like the animation, however. Note that I'm no expert, so I can't tell if the actual quality was really worse than MLP:FiM.

The jokes about Twilight adjusting her human body were cute, though. Yes, they were basically the same jokes any average writer would write in their [Human] fic, but still.

Again, further judgement reserved until airing. Now back to the desk with you, Horse Voice!

#11 · 97w, 6d ago · · ·


I DO know it was officially announced that EG would be seperate of season 4, but the meaning of that is debateable. http://www.derpyhoovesnews.com/equestria-girls-premise-confirmed-rumored-concept-art/ if you read at the bottom in 'update'

#12 · 97w, 6d ago · · ·


Now back to the desk with you, Horse Voice!

.... Yes sir. :fluttershyouch:

#13 · 92w, 1d ago · · ·

Saw it though if it does become absolute cannon then it will cause alot of issues of HIE writers

#14 · 89w, 5d ago · · ·

i really don't hope it's canon. the movie was okay (i would give it 4 out of 10) but i don't think they should give twilight a boyfriend she already is a alicorn they should give the others some attention too

#15 · 85w, 6d ago · · ·

I think I'm the only one thinking this, but I'm hoping the movie is canon. I loved the movie a lot. sure it has flaws, but I still really enjoyed myself with. If it becomes canon then we'll have an episode of Twilight learning how to act on a date with Flash Sentry (the pony version). Just think of all the hilarious jokes and references that episode could make. Plus when the show runs out of seasons they can just fall onto the human versions for a spin off. That doesn't sounds very entertaining at first, but I'm willing to give it a chance just like I gave this show and fandom a chance.

#16 · 85w, 6d ago · · ·


We'll see if season 4 references it. If not, I would like to call it "optional canon". It's only canon if you want it to be.

And hey, it was actually kind of fun. :pinkiehappy:

#17 · 75w, 6d ago · · ·

I think that movie was ok. Very good for little girls:twilightsmile:

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