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”
“…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.
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.
Excellent horror fiction comes in all shapes and sizes, and here at Crone Girls Press, we have a slightly-larger-than-bite-sized announcement for those who love really long short stories (or really short novels…) Introducing: Midnight Bites! Midnight Bites is a new series of mini-anthologies, each containing three novella-length pieces of horror and dark fiction. We areContinue reading “New Horror: Midnight Bites”
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.