I finished the first draft of ABSINTHE AND LEPRECHAUNS. It's a fantasy/mystery, yet somehow by the end I was so emotionally invested in the characters that I waded through shards of glass to write the ending. Although, I would never compare myself to the greatness of Dean Koontz, the emotional turmoil I put myself through reminded me of my favorite of the thriller writer's books- INTENSITY. I won't give away any spoilers for my book or for his, but when I came to the end of INTENSITY, I lay in my bed crying over the brokenness of the characters even though the book ended in hope. I wondered how he was able to write that ending without slitting his wrists. That's hyperbole, of course, but if it was that difficult for me to read, how much more difficult would it have been to write?
Have any of you read, or better yet, written something that gave you a soul-ripping experience? Share it with me so we can depress the world with tragic writing.