Crescendo of Darkness from HorrorAddicts.net Press.
“Six String Bullets” by Cara Fox
The pull of a busker’s song becomes too much for a young woman to resist.
Cara shares her thoughts about her story with us below.
My story, ‘Six String Bullets’, was inspired by a chance encounter more than ten years ago now. I was living in Bristol, England. It’s a beautiful city with a ton of history, and one of my favourite parts of it is a winding network of cobbled streets by the name of the Corn Exchange. Sprawled across them are dozens of independent shops and traders, their individual stalls punctuated by my favourite part of the Georgian heart of the city – the street music. No matter what day of the year it is, you can’t walk along the cobbles without finding musicians ranging from a lively Caribbean calypso right through to whiskey-soaked blues.
It was one of these musicians who inspired my story. On a hectic day not long before Christmas, with commuters and shoppers alike hurtling to their destination with barely a glance to spare for each other, let alone the buskers trying to carve out a living on the rain-soaked streets, a distinctive riff caught my attention and pulled me out of the pedestrian flow. To my delighted surprise, a busker seated cross-legged with a battered guitar was flawlessly playing an acoustic version of a song from one of my favourite bands, The Wildhearts. It was so incongruous that I stopped to listen, and it struck me then that nobody else even seemed to have noticed the dreadlocked busker and the song that he played. For a few moments, as he realised I was listening, it felt like the two of us had stepped out of time together. The world carried on around us, but we were no longer a part of it.
Once the song came to an end, the spell was broken. I threw some coins in the busker’s guitar case, wished him a Merry Christmas and carried on with my life with a barely another thought for that strange moment in time until last summer, when I was kicking back with a bottle of bourbon and Springsteen’s Born In The USA blasting out of the speakers. When I reached the sixth track and heard that heartbreakingly raspy voice croon about a “six inch valley” in his skull, the image of a six string bullet immediately found itself a place in my mind. The concept of music as a weapon that could cut straight to the soul stayed with me and took me back to that encounter with the busker that only I seemed to see. From that fractured ghost of a memory, ‘Six String Bullets’ was born.
Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Let music unlock your fear within.