I know I’ve already talked about this once already, but I cannot stress enough how excited I am about Rock and Shock. Pinhead and Michael Myers and Jason and Candyman are all going to be in the same room together at the same time. And I will do my best not to call them that to their faces.
It’ll also be interesting to be in a place where I’m not the biggest horror freak. There be hundreds of other people there, all of them either on my level or more so. I will blend in and fit in with the crowd and that will be nice.
Horror, both in movies and in books, has been a driving force in my writing. It’s what helped me decide that I want to be a writer. It helped me decide what I want to write about. It gave me focus for something that needs to be focused in order to be useful.
It’s important to me in a way that other genres, that I also love, are not. It fuels my creative drive and that is a vital, important thing and Rock and Shock is a way to actually meet the people who make that genre possible.
There will be giddy squealing, is what I’m saying.
I’ve long resisted printing my book simply because it makes for a more expensive product. It’s the same product, but with a price difference of fifteen bucks.
But today I finally decided that ya’ll deserve the opportunity to buy my book in an actual, hard-copy form. It’ll be the same thing as the Kindle copy, but printed on for real paper for all you luddites out there.
Pay close attention to this very spot for when Tales of the Whispering Mad and the Mis-Dead becomes available in paperback!
I’ve often been tempted with the idea to write scary stories tailored for an individual. A person’s fear is a very personal thing. What scares you might not scare me and vice versa. It’s hard to hit on broad stroke fears that will affect the majority of people. It’s the battle I always have with myself when I do write horror. I can go for the niche (noneuclidian horrors living in the space between space) or I can go for broad (man with stabby knife). The best I can do is try and scare myself and hope that works out ok.
Unfortunately, one man’s soul searing phobia is another man’s walk in the park. But, let’s say you went to a website and you plugged in your greatest fears, your very unique to you fears: that dark space in the attic where the light never reaches, the demon that invades and possesses, the swarm of rats that lurks under every floorboard. You pay a fee and in three days there’s a story in your inbox that is designed only for you.
And let’s say you can further customize the story. Gore turns you off, the supernatural is a big meh and you like serial killers. Long or short, violent or suggested blood, ghosts or killers; everything you need to really shake you.
Just an idea.
Since I’ve started working on my series of short stories, writing has become much easier for me. Not necessarily blog entries, since that’s a whole other process, but I’ve now written four or five stories (I lost count), all of which take place in that same world.
While I’m digging the ease of writing, but I’m getting a little spooked. It’s so easy to let this character and his world take over a lot of my heavy lifting. I make up new settings, but those settings follow the rules of this world. I create new characters, but, once again, they follow the rules of the world.
The rules are a large part of what makes writing challenging. They rules determine what is and what isn’t possible. They determine how people will react to events. They can determine atmosphere. And now, all of that is more or less settled for me.
Every time I get a new idea, I immediately try and see how it will fit in the confines of this world. “Ah-ha!” I’ll think, “A death hospital staffed by werewolves! How can I use that?” And instead of doing something new with it, I’ll paw at it and work it until it fits into the series.
While it seems soon to be worrying about this, I hope I’m not falling into some kind of rut. On the other hand, maybe I should just quit my whining and just keep plugging away. Writing is better than not writing. Plus I’ve got another idea that could be gangbusters.