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.
“…horror fiction (and games) gives us a way to deal with real horrors — horrors that can often seem unmanageable, un-understandable, and unconquerable.”
Ultimately, my interests as a writer come back to my interests as a reader. I’m writing because I want to know the why or how behind something, trying to explain it to myself.
In this volume, we have three very different stories that center themes of memory and place.
I want you to be confident that you are sending your work to a place where it will fit, and I want to read work that will be the best possible fit. Make my job hard by sending me something that fits the genre and guidelines and punches me right in the face with its terror and disturbing impact.
“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.