The November air was cold, but t cold eugh to still the energy of the great white towers. They spun and spun as always - huge sails whirling around, always seeming just slightly faster than they should be. 'What The Giants Were Saying' is a dark-hued and surreal fable - a Pilgrim's Progress on the theme of creativity. It is an extreme horror tale of artist's block, tattoos, Don Quixote, copper wire . . . and wind turbines! Always wind turbines! It tells of a landscape artist desperately trying to escape his own feelings of mundanity and having hallucinatory encounters both with those great white whispering giants and a wild tattooed girl who pushes creative experience to the very limit and kws that the towers are the key to something remarkable. Tattoos, Windmills, turbines, human skin and copper wire . . . with these keys a world of supernatural change is unlocked - and supernatural creation. After all, what could creativity be like when such things as pain, life and death longer have the same meaning? * * * Cal pinned the tattooed girl's skin to the small artist's canvas and stood looking at it, a tear trickling down his cheek. 'What the Giants Were Saying' is accompanied here by the shorter work that inspired it, 'Red Fire', a piece that pushes the boundaries of extreme horror into a visionary and surreal world of love and pain, great white moths and tattooed skin, and above all, into the world of story itself. These two connected tales are both horror writing at its most spectacular and extreme. * * * David Rix, was born in England in 1978. He has had a lifelong fascination with horror and the surreal and has been a dedicated reader and collector of books for many years. In 2004 his first story was published in the world fantasy award-winning anthology Strange Tales from Tartarus Press. David w lives in Slovenia, where he works as a digital artist and proofreader and is currently at work on a second vella and his first full-length vel, a fusion of two literary genres: the ghost story and the travel book.