“Horror gives a distinct threat, a clear challenge and an almost universal sense of resolution. All stories are driven to some degree by the metaphorical clash of humanity versus monster. But in horror, you get to have actual monsters.”
Style is always a challenge. The story always determines the style and getting the style to match the content of the story is no easy matter.
“I grew up in rural Prince Edward Island, an insular place of red cliffs and shocking beauty. It was easy to believe that fantastical creatures lived there.”
~~Melanie Bell, author of “The Cliffman”
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a meme to the Crone Girls Press Facebook group. It was a picture of a female Krampus, with a little note about how this mythical figure went around rounding up bad men instead of naughty children. It was a fun meme and relatively on brand for the group,Continue reading “New Horror: Mother Krampus”
A horror writer isn’t necessarily an emotional sadist, but it helps! If I make a reader cry, or afraid, or laugh, or any strong emotional response, I win. The enemy of good fiction is boredom.
This is the genre where leaving bodies lying all over the place at the end is not frowned upon but actually welcome!
I like the genre because it doesn’t always have good outcomes. Sometimes when you write characters into bad situations, they don’t get out of it. And that’s ok in the genre. It means that as a reader, you know the stakes are always real.
As a reader, I like to feel like I’m part of a larger, fantastic world full of danger and adventure and I think many others feel the same.
The danger of writing advice is that it can alter your voice. I think the most important thing in writing is to find your authentic voice, the one that is uniquely you, and use it. Don’t try to write like someone else.
I want people to get eaten as a matter of routine, where few people get upset about it. You see my dilemma. Is it quiet horror if everything keeps getting interrupted by unfortunate lunchtimes?