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When Words Fail

By On Dec 17 2012, 4:29 pm

Just hours after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, a fan wrote to me and asked if I found it hard to write horror novels when tragedies like this surround us more and more. At the time, I was watching the news unfold with my wife, who was in tears, and my chest felt too tight to even speak. My daughters are teens who normally walk home from school, but I was preparing to get in the car and pick them up. We wanted them home, in our arms, without delay.

Before I left, I replied that at this moment, I couldn’t conceive of anything horror-genre related, much less write it. True horrors like the events at Sandy Hook steal from the limited store of beats for my heart and melt the edges of my spirit. This entire weekend, I’ve found it hard to think of anything short of the love of my family as urgent, or important, or pressing. Nothing else has mattered. The stress of the Christmas season seems so trivial when there are families with one less little one to share on the sacred day. Read more…

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