This post goes to the heart of who I am as a person.
For as a long as I can remember I’ve loved horror. I read a few books when I was younger, but horror movies fueled my childhood.
I watched Children of the Corn and Halloween when I was eight.
In my teen years, my father wasn’t home quite a bit and I would stay up and watch horror movies on HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime.
He wouldn’t let me get horror books when we’d go to the book store so I watched a lot of the movies.
As I grew up I loved to be scared and I remember my dad taking me to see “A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Dead.”
It was the first time I saw a horror movie on the big screen and parts of it were in 3D.
My biological father would never have taken me to see it but my dad, he’s always been cool that way.
I love to be scared and when I was able to buy my own books I devoured them. Clive Barker’s Books of Blood is a favorite.
Recently, my wife and I would read horror, then trade books and have a discussion about them.
I came to writing horror and dark fantasy because I enjoy being scared.
It took me a long time, my wife and mom would say too long, to accept that I’m a horror and fantasy writer.
Sometimes, as a writer we deny who we are because we’re afraid of judgment. But the only one who can judge us is ourselves.
Be free to write what you enjoy and don’t let what anyone thinks about what you write or create make you feel bad.
It’s your art, enjoy it!