So my journey into Horror

So my journey into Horror


December 9, 2016

So as the title suggests if not blatantly says this is about horror.  Or perhaps more to the point it is my delving into horror.  Now I have never been that much of a horror buff or enthusiast in the least.  My take on horror things were 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' both the movie and the series and the episodes of Dr. Who that had the Weeping Angels in them.  Those angel statues wigged me out I can tell you.

I tried in the 90's to do some of the movies; Nightmare on Elm Street, where I watched it on TV at 2am on a Friday night and the final scene I agree and or admit that scared the bejesus out of me.  It, The Stephen King book/Movie.  I didn't read it I watched it with Tim Curry and yeah I still don't like clowns.  I did parts of the Chucky movies which I didn't like nor find scary.  I laughed at the Trilogy of Terror movie that had the little doll guy running around with a steak knife stabbing into a girls hand.  I also did a Friday the XIII episode but I actually left half way if not earlier and went and re-watched a John Cusack movie in a theatre next door.

I read some Stephen King, The Stand, and not sure I found that to be horror but I enjoyed it.  I also read Dean Koontz 'Odd Thomas' and then saw the movie on Netflix and I enjoyed that as well so it isn't like I haven't seen the occasional scary movie.

OK, fine yes I also have seen "Rosemary's Baby, the Exorcist, and The Omen" just so you don't think I have missed out on the classics or something.  I can't say I got a lot out of them except to say that according to those movies?  "Kids are EVIL".  I should add that I have seen numerable versions of Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy etc.  Some with Abbot & Costello and others with Scooby Doo and the gang.

So now I have wanted to take a stab at writing something in the horror genre.  Anyone that knows me or reads this blog, all two of you, knows that I am mainly in the camp of Fantasy, for the most part either dark urban, urban not so dark, and low fantasy.  I am not going to be the guy who is the next Tolkien nope don't see myself as the heir to an Inkling spot.  I do though think I could find a niche once I hone my craft well enough.  Only time will tell.

I started reading Analog, Asimov, Locas, and Cemetery Dance.  I picked up three horror anthologies and found out that what some people consider to be horror is as varied as there are people.  One book said it was supposed to be horror but I could only find one story in it that I felt actually was.  Two of the stories were well written and I enjoyed them but committing suicide because of a nuclear bomb isn't what I would consider horror.  Sad maybe.  Especially when pets get killed first, ick.

So I am going to try my hand at this.  I have already put one story up on the website "Preacher-Man Bob"  I am going to put a second one up titled "Re-Imagined"  Let me know what you think and if YOU consider it horror.  My email address is at the bottom of the website along with my twitter credentials.

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