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By Jonathan.Janz On Oct 22 2013, 9:40 am
Life is often counterintuitive. You’d think that riches would make people happier, but some of the saddest folks I know are “moneyed.” You’d think that people would spend more time with their families than they do looking for happiness elsewhere, but they don’t.
Moreland, James, Everson, Rufty, and Me
And you’d think, of all the genres out there, that the realm of horror would contain some of the sickest, most depraved individuals. Instead, what I’m finding out is that the people in the horror community are genuinely sweet and kind. It’s those Amish romance readers you gotta keep an eye on. Read more…
By John Everson On Oct 17 2013, 11:46 am
Bugs creep people out. I took this picture of a spider in Gulf Shores, Alabama last summer, and while it was broad daylight, she gave me the willies!
There’s something about all those legs, and those weird eyes, devoid of pupils. There’s something about their multitude that unnerves us, and with good reason — they own this earth.
Spray deadly poison on them and hundreds might die…but you know they’ll be back in force eventually. It’s estimated that at any one time, there are 10 quintillion (who knew there was a number like that?) bugs creeping and flying around the earth. There are more than 900,000 documented species and there are estimates that millions of species haven’t been categorized. They outnumber us in the extreme – something like 200 million insects for every human. They are the aliens among us…and below us and above us.
And the scary thing really is thinking about them in us. Read more…
By Russell R. James On Oct 14 2013, 9:00 am
The most amazing parts of the writing experience continue to arrive unexpected.
In 1987, I was flying Blackhawk helicopters for a living with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. My unit was deployed to the California desert, in training for the future wars that started a year after I outprocessed. We spent about forty five days living in the sand. Peacetime army stuff, no comparison to what more recent veterans have accomplished.
About midway through this deployment, I was informed that a chaplain had come by and dropped off a box of brand new paperbacks. I didn’t know where they came from, or how he decided we’d get them. I gave everyone in the company a shot at the treasure trove. The books disappeared until only two books were left. Read more…
By Mark.Rigney On Oct 10 2013, 9:00 am
Horror, for me, begins (but does not end with) “The Upper Berth.” When my fourth grade teacher chose to read F. Marion Crawford’s cozy chiller aloud to our class — and what fell spirit possessed her to do that? — one girl literally fled from the room, screaming. Talk about a memorable introduction to the genre.
Years later, I discovered that I’d been reading horror since I first picked up a book. What is Little Red Riding Hood if not horror, to say nothing of “the Old Dark Frog” episode in Arnold Lobel’s otherwise gentle Frog and Toad stories? Ray Bradbury? Check. (Think “The Small Assassin,” “The Veldt,” and “The October Game.”) And how about Andrew Lang’s multi-hued collections of fairy tales? Check, check, and check.
Gradually, I made another discovery. Horror could be funny. Consider Robert Arthur’s short, “The Haunted Trailer,” or the John Landis film, An American Werewolf in London. I learned that a few good yuks, cleverly deployed, could either defuse or amplify tension. Better yet, a laugh now and then can increase our empathy for the plight of the characters we follow. Read more…
By Alan.Spencer On Oct 7 2013, 12:10 am
‘Tis the season for horror! I love October. Maybe it’s a no-brainer for a horror writer to love the season. Obviously it’s close to Halloween, for one, but there’s also another reason I enjoy October so much. Living in Kansas City, things begin to cool off. There’s fog, morning dew, and that crisp Fall season chill that sets deep in the bones. It gets darker at night sooner with daylight saving’s time. Motivation to write increases big time. My writing room is in the basement of my house, where it’s even colder. Sometimes I can see my breath while I’m typing. And okay, I use a space heater when it gets super cold. I’m not going to lie. But the chill is there, trust me. Also, during the Fall season, things begin to rot. The leaves start to fall off the trees. I get the sense of things dying off. It’s a macabre cycle. It’s during this time I believe I get the most writing done. Maybe Romance writers enjoy Spring and Summer when things heat up. But for me, October is the best month of the year. I love it. Now excuse me while I dip some apples in caramel and carve me up some jack-o-lanterns.
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