Shadows at the Door – Author Interview With Mark Cassell

29 Feb

K.B Goddard

Mark CassellWhen did you first fall in love with the horror genre?

First up, I want to say thank you for having me here.

My love for horror? Apart from sneaky glimpses of horror movies as a child, I guess the pivotal moment must’ve been when my dad suggested I read James Herbert’s Magic Cottage. I was about thirteen years old and this novel snatched me into a world that kicked my imagination into overdrive.

Which subgenre/s of horror would you say your work falls into?

Dark fantasy and supernatural. I’m not one for a gorefest, and my horror leans towards psychological creeps rather than pathological freaks.

What is it about the horror genre that appeals to you as a reader and as a writer?

For me it’s the unknown, the unnatural, the supernatural. I’ve always wondered what exists on the Other Side, and I guess both my work and my…

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Shadows at the Door -Author Interview with Pete Alex Harris

28 Feb

K.B Goddard

Next up in the interview seat is author Pete Alex Harris.

When did you first fall in love with the horror genre?

Gradually, I would say. My first love was definitely SF, and I can’t quite identify the point where my tastes broadened to include stories that were more obviously horror. Possibly some of the darker stuff by Harlan Ellison nudged me in that direction. But before even that I was a big H. G. Wells fan, and some of his stories could easily take the horror label, The Island of Doctor Moreau, for example.

Which subgenre(s) of horror would you say your work falls into?

I’d say dark fantasy, for the most part, but I do love a bit of unabashed Gothic pastiche.

What is it about the horror genre that appeals to you as a reader and as a writer?

What is it about a story that makes…

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Shadows at the Door – Author Interview With Helen Grant

27 Feb

K.B Goddard

Helen Grant

I’m very excited to have joining me today the award winning and critically acclaimed author Helen Grant!

Helen has been good enough to take time out to answer a few questions and tell us her thoughts on the upcoming Shadows at the Door anthology.

When did you first fall in love with the horror genre?

When I was a child. My father is a great fan of the ghost stories of M.R.James and could sometimes be induced to retell them to amuse us on long car journeys. I think he probably has some of those tales pretty much off by heart. I recall Wailing Well being a particular favourite of ours. If you hear that stuff when you are still in primary school, there’s no going back really.

Which subgenre/s of horror would you say your work falls into?

I’m not sure I can really say. It’s easier to say…

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Shadows at the Door – Author Interview With Christopher Long

26 Feb

K.B Goddard

Christopher Long

In the Shadows at the Door interview hot-seat today we have horror author Christopher Long.

When did your first fall in love with the horror genre?

It didn’t happen quickly for me. I think it was more of a slow seduction. For a long time I was aware of it but I wouldn’t say I chased after it. A lot of my friends were obsessed with trying to see the latest instalment of every popular 80s horror franchise going but it didn’t really appeal to me. I guess it took discovering some of the more interesting forms of horror for it to really capture my imagination. Roald Dahl’s The Witches certainly started something when I was a kid, along with a lot of the folktales the Henson company used when they created The Storyteller. Frankenstein as well. There was something really haunting about that story to me, from the first…

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Shadows at the Door – Author Interview With Andrea Janes

25 Feb

K.B Goddard

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Welcome back to my Shadows at the Door series. Joining us today is writer and ghost tour operator and guide Andrea Janes.

When did your first fall in love with the horror genre?

When I was around seven years old or so, I found these Alfred Hitchcock anthologies aimed at young adult readers, with names like “Witches Brew” and “Ghostly Gallery.” I thought they were amazing, and I had no idea I was reading people like Algernon Blackwood and Shirley Jackson and Robert Bloch! I just loved the stories!

Which subgenre/s of horror would you say your work falls into?

Ghost stories, definitely, and weird fiction generally. Stories that work with eerie feelings, bad dreams, and common fears like aging or isolation. In one of my stories, the entity was something I invented that I called a “cholera demon” who was a harbinger of sickness and…

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Shadows at the Door – Author Interview With Kris Holt

24 Feb

K.B Goddard

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It’s time for another author interview in my Shadows at the Door series. Today we meet author and editor Kris Holt.

When did you first fall in love with the horror genre?

The first horror authors that spring to mind for me are contemporary ones – Stephen King, Dean Koontz. It’s only since I started writing horror myself that I’ve learned about earlier classics, such as Poe, M.R. James and H.P. Lovecraft. My first interest in horror was playing Resident Evil as a teenager. Back then I was amazed to find out how much people enjoy being scared.

Which subgenre/s of horror would you say your work falls into?

I’ve never been a fan of really gory films or books – most recongisable interaction is non-violent, so I like psychological horror best. The kind that builds around completely oblivious characters until the very…last…moment…

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Shadows at the Door – Author Interview With Caitlin Marceau

23 Feb

K.B Goddard

Caitlin Marceau

Following on from Yesterday’s  interview with Mark Nixon, I will be continuing with the Shadows at the Door theme and conducting a series of interviews with some of the authors involved in the site’s upcoming anthology. First up is writer, editor and woman in horror Caitlin Marceau.

When did you first fall in love with the horror genre?

It took me a long time to fall in love with horror, to be honest. I used to be scared of everything as a kid— I used to have really bad nightmares— so I avoided anything to do with the genre growing up, which was hard since my parents both loved it. It wasn’t until high school that I really got into it, reading and watching anything I could get my hands on that was even remotely scary. I was sick of being afraid of my own shadow, so I took on this “if…

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