Why I Write Horror
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.
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