Why I Write Horror

Why I Write Horror

Kendall Reviews

An author has myriad genres to choose from. He or she can even dispense with genres altogether and just write “literature.” So why choose horror?

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been drawn to horror. Undoubtedly, my parents had something to do with this. On summer evenings, my mother would spread a blanket on the lawn, gather neighbourhood kids, and tell ghost stories. My father won an award for his painting of a ghostly figure walking along a dark, abandoned pier. For Halloween, we would hang ghosts in the tree, display an old steamer trunk to look like a coffin, and my mother would dispense candy from a cauldron.

Even so, I was frequently terrified by things that go bump in the night. When I was two, my father had to paint a happy face on the stucco ceiling above my bed where I imagined a monster in the pattern of bumps and dots. As a teenager, I still dreaded being the last one downstairs and would race up two steps at a time after turning out the lights. You might think I would avoid horror at all costs.

But no.

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