This story wasn’t about violence as much as its aftermath. How do you pick up the pieces? How do you move on?
“I think writers are always collecting experiences that we draw from when the time is right. For this story, it was the pandemic–watching people struggle with isolation and adapting communication, that was the catalyst. In other words, I blame Zoom.” ~Cristel Orrand, “M.O.U.T.H. Piece”
“Empathy is one of the most necessary human traits, and the last few years have demonstrated that need… However, it can be possible to lose oneself under the weight sorrow and pain that people endure every day.” ~Jennifer Nestojko, “Found and Lost”
Objectified (Midnight Bites 5) was a labor of intense love. The stories in here are not easy reads. They will rip your heart out and stomp it into the ground, even when you’re chuckling out loud.
In this volume, we have three very different stories that center themes of memory and place.
“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.