I’ve kind of been writing in a vacuum, so I’ve avoid most advice, but one time a professor said to take things one step further, one step scarier once at the end to have more impact. That’s been a good nugget of wisdom and I now do it without really thinking about.
Horror/dark fiction lets me explore those darker moments of the soul in a less realistic setting. When characters are facing their fears, they are revealed cleanly for who they are and nowhere is that clearer than in horror stories.
The worst writing advice? It’s a two way tie for first between “write what you know” and “if you aspire to write genre fiction, you’re not a serious writer.” The former is simply garbage. I write largely to explore all the things I don’t know. The latter? I mean, I’m from Jersey. I’ve seen people throw down over words way less harsh than that.
Hide and seek is a game that lends itself to horror, but almost always, its something terrible doing the seeking. What if the hiding was the terrible thing? That’s what I wanted to explore.
Within horror and dark fiction there are so many different types of stories that you can work with. If you feel like writing something paranormal there is space for that, if you want something more grounded in reality, there’s room for that too.
When I think about writing horror, I imagine looking for the center of a shadow. The part of a monster that lets you understand it is an interesting part. Especially if you understand it, but still recoil from it. That’s the tiny still center I look for as I write.
I am fascinated by how coping with ‘otherness’ shapes the worldview of many of my characters. Horror tropes provide a powerful way for me to dig into the complexities and contradictions of race and gender.
All fiction is a reflection of the human condition. Humanity is basically pretty screwed up and also, their heads are full of darkness. It’s nice to be able to ride that.
So far we’ve had an Italian author with an American translator from Chicago, a New Hampshire writer with a story set in California, and today we bring you a Scottish author writing a tale set during the Siege of Leningrad.
I love a good chill. I’ve been told that my stories have kept people up at night, made them wince, look over their shoulders, and creeped them out completely. To me, as a writer, that means I’ve done my job and done it well.