We live in a terrifying world–one founded on violence, exploitation and oppression. If I’m going to write about the world we’re in, I’m going to end up writing horror. And SF, to be plausible, has to either engage with this fact or talk about how it could be overcome.
The worst advice I ever got was “Villains need a reason to be villains.” I reject this idea. There are people who do awful things “just because” all the time. The best advice I ever got, “Write first for yourself.” No matter what story I write, it is for me first. If other people enjoy the ride, awesome! Road trips are more fun with friends.
The world is full of strange landmarks, strange objects propped up against basement walls, and disturbing ideas. Horror inspiration comes easier than oxygen.
There’s this manic rollercoaster that comes with writing where you’re up and up, then suddenly crashing towards the ground, only to bank to the left and go back up. It gives you emotional and creative whiplash…
I like the possibility for the broader, more complicated world that fantasy implies. Sometimes that means I veer toward horror and dark stories.
Our authors have tales that will terrify you–but many of these stories will also give you something to think about, may even give you hope. Avra Margariti’s “All the Dead Girls, Singing” makes me cry each time I read it, not only with sadness, but because of the notes of love that transcend death. Jeff Dosser’s “Ghost Story” offers an image of redemption through the power of stories. Voss Foster’s “Eccentric on the Grandest of Scales” is one of the most optimistic dark fiction stories I’ve ever read. And “Cold Dread and Hot Slices” by Spencer Koelle is a portrait of the people who are currently keeping our country together by working the sorts of jobs that ensure people can eat and buy groceries and live. These are just some of the 23 stories you’ll find in the table of contents, stories that I am very proud to include in the anthology and share with the world. I can’t wait for you to read it!
Meet the Author with R. K. Duncan: “I find that a lot of the striking images that occur to me to begin stories with are unsettling, and that I am often interested in characters and plots of questionable morality.”
Meet the Author: During the daylight hours, Gabrielle Bleu lifts mammoth tusks and whale ribs for a living. At night, she moonlights as a writer, and also as a werewolf.
Coppice & Brake, an anthology of horror and dark fiction, contains chilling stories with settings from modern-day San Francisco to ancient China, written by authors from Colorado to Canada to the Czech Republic. The anthology will be available March 21 in print and digital formats.