Beneath The Surface: An Indie Chicks Guest Post.

Not only is it New Comic Book Day – I love being a nerd, but one that actually has sex on a semi-regular basis, that is – but I’m also a guest over at The Indie Chicks today.

The subject matter will be familiar to some of you, but unfortunately sometimes life has a way of forcing you to revisit subjects you thought buried. I’ve lifted some material from a previous post; I hope you’ll understand, guys. This one tore a hole in my soul and made me look back at a particularly dark night in my past.

I’m a different man now and so looking back isn’t quite so painful. I was lucky to have been able to walk away rather than succumb to the call of the abyss. Some people simply aren’t that lucky.Β 

If you can spare the time, I’d appreciate your opinions and thoughts.

As always, thank you.



About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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26 Responses to Beneath The Surface: An Indie Chicks Guest Post.

  1. Moving post, Hook.
    We are worrying over a neighbor kid who was like daughter’s clone. Wrapped in drugs and self destructive behavior with no family left. Can’t enable, but can’t watch her let go of that rail. Pretty hard.

    • The Hook says:

      It is gut-wrenching to watch someone self-destruct. Sometimes we just can’t see the slivers of light that are always present in the darkness.

  2. jlheuer says:

    “sometimes fate and Mother Nature become lovers” That line just sang. Good writing.

  3. Hook,

    It is refreshing to see a man unfraid to share that darkness. Beautiful. Poignant. A Wow I’ll be sharing with my young men… Thank you for your courage, for sharing this little bit of light for all those who might be ensconced in a darker world…

    Hugs and healing, Journeyer…
    (and if you’re ever searching for a comic supplier, check out Horizon Comics in CA…you’ll be glad you did. πŸ˜‰ )

    • The Hook says:

      Thank you for everything, Annah.
      I’ve had some difficulty leaving comments on your site, but your work is nothing short of amazing. Thank you.

      • Thank you, Hook! Please don’t be deterred. Come back often and keep trying to comment. Sharing/networking is our greatest asset. Feel free to add me to your blogroll if you so desire. πŸ˜‰ Keep on keeping on!

  4. A gaze at the abyss can only resolve in making someone a better man, but that person has to be strong to look away too, treasuring his life thereafter…
    Beautifully written, but that;s not new!

  5. Wow sorry for what you witnessed and glad you didn’t jump!

  6. I don’t think it’s really possible to know funny as much as you do without having lived through some things to contrast it. It’s pretty wonderful that you rose up, so well, to life despite touching on such tragic despair – to all of our great benefit I might add. Another hell of a post Hook. Beautiful.

  7. renxkyoko says:

    Clicked and read your moving post. Excellent, Mr. Hook !

  8. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful and haunting. A soul searching wonder of life and what it holds.

  9. munchow says:

    Thanks for the reminder to take care of those who feel they don’t belong in this world, whether it’s the friend next door, a stranger or yourself. A moving post, my friend. You have looked into the abyss and understand the agony of those who do the same. No life should be felt so worthless that it needs to end. We all have a responsibility to find the best in every human being we come across in our lives, especially encourage those who feel lost. Really touching words.

  10. Hi Hook. I know it’s been a couple of days since your post, but I’ve finally had a chance to look at it. (I just moved into my dorm and have spend the last few days up to my elbows in boxes.)

    Annoying preamble aside, your post was very heart wrenching. Although I don’t have any personal experience with depression, I do know several people who know it all too well. I myself suffer occasionally from anxiety (undiagnosed, though). Thank you for reminding us that depression is a battle that should not be fought alone and that we can do something to help those who have strayed off into the dark, that there is hope for their return.

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