What drew me into the Horror Genre

First off, thanks to Marian for being part of my blog tour, I appreciate it.

 

I’ve always been a fan of horror, well maybe not as a little child but early on. Fear is a primal human emotion and it is fun to be scared (in a safe environment of course). I was attracted to horror because it was forbidden, seeing scary movies when I was too young perhaps but I’m off topic already. I think that horror/fantasy (and for me vampires) is one of the most wide open places to tell a story. I have loved and been fascinated with vampires for a long time, over 20 years, and when I finally decided to write a novel it was just the most natural choice. While I’m not a fan of seeing gore on the screen, having it described in a book is always fun and exciting. Horror for me is about imagination and I think horror writers have some of the best imaginations out there (hopefully myself included). I also wanted to follow in the footsteps of writers I enjoy/admire like Stephen King, Anne Rice, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe and Richard Matheson. Don’t get me wrong I’ve read plenty of science-fiction (Star Trek novels in particular) but it never captured my imagination like horror/fantasy stories did. I’ve always loved fantastical creatures and characters with great and mysterious (or not so much) powers.

 

For my “Newfoundland Vampire” books in particular they just had to be horror. I know vampires can be done as science-fiction but I think that rarely works, vampires are meant to be supernatural creatures (at least most of the time) and only horror can really do them justice. For me the main character in my novels, Joseph O’Reily, is heavily based on me (a younger, more shy and reserved me perhaps). As such, I just couldn’t come up with a good idea for a sci-fi or pure fantasy novel (well not yet anyway). I imagined what my life would be like if I had made different choices, taken a different path and of course, to make it interesting what I would do if vampires were real and I was one. I suppose I also knew I wanted to make an adult story, I couldn’t imagine writing a good story about vampires that didn’t have sex and violence (and swearing) in it. While I know that adult stories can easily go in another genre it was just the best fit for a story that took me 8 years to come up with and almost 2 years to be written and published.

 

While I know vampires have been done a lot lately I was convinced that I could do my own unique take on them and I believe I accomplished it (at least for the most part).  I hope people who read my books will root for the heroes, be repulsed by the villains and perhaps think about some of the issues I bring up. Like any good horror story I have characters make bad/questionable choices. I leave it up to the reader if they agree with those choices and try to show the affect it has on the characters’ lives (and how they feel about them afterwards). While I know any genre can encompass all the great aspects of a story, I think vampires belong in horror and my writing (at least for now) belongs there as well.

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