I’ve been a fan of HP Lovecraft’s fiction and perhaps more importantly of adaptations of his fiction since grade school. This probably goes a long way towards explaining the quirks in my personality. Regardless of his effect on my psychology, his effect on my writing has been profound. And I’m not the only one he’s… Read More HP Lovecraft | Inspired by Darkness by Scott Roche
I told a co-worker about seeing The Woman in Black. I admitted that I’d deliberately seen a matinee, but wound up putting on extra lights at night because I was still freaked out come nightfall. She laughed. “Why did you go see it if you scare so easily?” “I thought it would be scary like… Read More The Accidental Horror Writer by Katherine Hajer
It seems an odd thing to do, writing horror. When there is a wealth of genres out there and I could be writing about perfect love or fantastic dragons or gun-toting cowboys, why choose to create the most terrifying, the most soul-shredding, the most unwelcome? My answer is a simple one: because I like it.… Read More Writing Horror by Lisamarie Lamb
The perfect horror monster? Sigmund Freud would’ve had a blast with that concept. Joseph Campbell would’ve just thrown some random book of mythology at your head. Jean-Paul Sartre had the quote, “Hell is other people.” Perhaps, if anything, the truly monstrous is relative and personalized, unique to the individual. But, hey…monsters are cool! From Lovecraft’s… Read More The Perfect Horror Monster by Brian Fatah Steele
What’s that? Corner of your eye… no, don’t look. See. That’s it. Over there, at the very edge of your field of vision, in that fuzzy zone between colour and shadow. It’s gone now. But it was there, wasn’t it? You believe your own eyes, don’t you? What about that noise? The little rustle from… Read More What makes good horror by A W Marsden
I love good horror stories. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved being pushed to the edge of my nerves, being terrified to the point that I couldn’t sleep, wondering if the ping, ping, ping outside my bedroom window was the sound of killers breaking in or simply magpies pecking at the dog’s… Read More Good Horror by Smokey Joe Mayes
The other day I watched a Chinese film called Aftershock. It’s very good, if you get the chance to see it. It’s a heart rending story of a family torn apart by an earthquake and it stirred some strong emotions in me. And, as usual, that got me thinking. It’s a long time since I’ve… Read More Have horror writers forgotten how to scare you?