Characters in horror stories often claw into their innermost depths, wrestling with personal demons. They crash into shattering fears and crumble beneath insurmountable odds. We witness the characters’ deepest agonies and watch them face situations no person should have to endure.
As an author, how do we craft characters who are realistic, vivid, and memorable? As readers, what do we crave in a character in a horror story?
Come explore the topic of horror characters with four amazing horror authors!
Jason Parent is a talented author of horror, mystery, and science fiction. He has published numerous books, novellas, and short stories. Come delve into how he crafts his environments, creates his characters, and builds the fascinating worlds which earn countless 5-star reviews.
A few of his books:
The Apocalypse Strain https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08C5LSBFJ/
They Feed https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BHDDBXJ/
What Hides Within https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078BLQGDB/
Curtis Lawson is a talented and insightful horror author. In this interview he discusses his motivations, his process for writing horror, and he provides practical advice for horror writers who want to make progress in their craft.
Curtis has written a number of powerful books including:
The Devoured https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WVDZTWL/
It’s a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EOBO7EK/
To Kill an Archangel: Bad World 2 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078Q3SC3T/
Black Heart Boys’ Choir https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V1YNJC4/
Black Pantheons https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XS2MPT3/
Some of the inspirations Curtis mentions during the course of this interview include: HP Lovecraft Clyve Barker Matthew Bartlett Jeffrey Thomas John Langan Frank Miller Sam Kieth Neil Gaiman Brian Michael Bendis John Carpenter Wes Craven Tchaikovsky Beethoven Barber
Thank you to Curtis for making time for this insightful interview!
Trisha Wooldridge is an amazingly talented author, poet, editor, and human being. She has written a library of works as well as overseen a number of horror compilation projects. In this interview, Trisha offers astute advice and wisdom for anyone hoping to submit to a publication or publisher. She explores the appeal of horror in our modern times. She also discusses several of her own award-winning works.
Some of the fellow writers Trisha mentions during the course of this interview include:
Hillary Monahan Wrath James White Stephen King Cat Skully Linda Addison Stephanie Wytovich
Trisha highly recommends learning more about the New England Horror Writers. A blog post on this NEHW page goes into detail about how to best submit for a compilation or publishing task of any kind. It is well worth reading.
Masterful! Relish this discussion with horror author Thomas Hollyday about how he crafts his atmospheric scenes set in the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland!
About the book:
An idealistic woman and a pragmatic man are horrified as their beloved Chesapeake Bay town faces cataclysmic destruction. Will River Sunday, Maryland be overrun by a heinous threat triggered by a climate catastrophe? It will take the entire town coming together to offer even the slimmest chance of finding a path through.
Enjoy this interview with Andrew Boylan – talented author of the horror novel Sacrifice.
A filmmaker down on his luck.
A desert town full of secrets.
An ancient cult reborn.
After a decade of failure in Hollywood, Benny Hernandez has run out of money and options. No matter how bad the times have gotten he can’t imagine ever going home again. The small, desert town where Benny grew-up holds nothing but nightmares that he still hasn’t entirely awoken from.
Late one night, his old, high school girlfriend, Diana Armijo, calls begging for help. She believes the cult they escaped years ago has resurfaced in the mountain village nearby.
Can Benny face the demons of his past to tell the story of a lifetime?
If you like stories about ancient mysteries and desert towns plagued by evil than you will love Andrew Boylan’s tale of psychological terror.