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?
Horror and dark fiction allow us to be scared without getting hurt. You can explore impossible scenarios and sometimes possible ones that make you think. Kid’s horror is one of the reasons that I started getting into reading as a child because it’s scary but you can close the book and it’s done. It was reassuring, in an odd way.
I’m fascinated by gritty edges and how far people will go.
You there! What would you do generic customer service rep from behind the McDonald’s counter! How would you save the world?
Ultimately, Red Rover, Red Rover is a story about motivated blindness, what it means to be an accomplice, and how we define justice.