This may be blasphemy to the Horror genre, but I hate what it is anymore. The classical horror of the Victorian era let the imagination of the reader fill in the blanks allowing for more “horror” than bombarding people with gore. Yes, I know, death is a part of the genre, but in recent decades, death and gore isn’t a consequence, but the point of the story instead. In fact, story takes a back seat to gore and death for much of horror. I would like to challenge people to see the beauty in classical horror.
The setting is a rarely traveled part of the world, perhaps the woods, and there is either a killer or monster lurking. Unfortunately, a group of stupid college students go in that region and get picked off one by one in terrible and gruesome ways. This is the sort of thing that passes as horror anymore, with few exceptions. I enjoy tales of werewolves, in fact my upcoming book will include them, but gaining inspiration was pretty challenging because there are very few quality werewolf stories out there.
I enjoy stories that are based around suspense and unknown with supernatural elements. This is what horror used to be. It isn’t just horror that has changed, fantasy has grown darker and grittier. Dark and gritty isn’t inherently, bad but both modern fantasy and horror have grown incredibly cynical in their messages. In horror most of the time everyone dies brutally, life is cheep, and it seems fantasy is adopting that approach as well. Why is that? Storytelling tends to follow cultural trends, have some genre fiction stories gotten darker, horror much earlier than others, due to an increasingly cynical outlook on life? Is it due to changing tastes that accompany an evolving culture? What if storytellers focused on plot and character development over pushing boundaries instead? At this point it is hard to imagine any boundary that hasn’t been pushed anyway, perhaps all of us who craft stories need to examine why we write them and what is their purpose.
A couple weeks ago I finished a manuscript. It is a story based on a dream my wife had and thought it would make for an interesting novel. It was a fun tale to write and when the time gets closer to publishing it, I will release more details.
After editing the next book in the Goandria series I thought long and hard about what I wanted to write next. I decided I would write the final Goandria installment along side a different book.
I had an idea for a thriller. There is a race of immortals who subjugate the mortals and completely remake the world. That is the basis of the story I have so far. I managed to write 2000 words as a starting point so far, but many of the details need to be worked out to make a compelling story.
If anyone is interested and enjoys the fantasy genre, I’m looking for people to review my books. If this is something that interests you, let me know. You can learn more about my books here, so you have a better idea of what they are about.
Characters are meant to be living entities in and of themselves. They can act in ways both better and worse than the writer crafting their stories.
A writer may not be for thievery but may write about a thief, and the same can be said about any sort of immoral or deviant behavior. The behavior of characters does not necessarily reflect the author’s own morality. We live in a world where there are evil, careless, and self-centered people, and people simply have bad days and do things they regret.
My books are generally “clean” and family oriented because that is my target audience. I also don’t believe in having over the top content for the sake of shock and awe. With that said, I do see adding contented for the sake of being true to the character that might be unsavory.
As a writer and an artist, I don’t believe in censorship and stand firm that the author should be true to the character’s personality. That may even include things that make the author or audience uncomfortable. That said, the creator should also place some boundaries, there are certain things that are best left out of entertainment. If there is a gory death, it is best to left it to the imagination instead, or implying it rather than directly giving an overly detailed description. I have read scenes in books or movie descriptions out of curiosity that were stomach churning, the author should limit him or herself because there are certain things that are unnecessary.
Now, with that painfully obvious disclaimer out of the way, author’s including immoral behavior in a story doesn’t reflect the writer’s personal beliefs, at least not in a well-crafted storyline. Within the context of being sensitive to our audience, a writer is obligated to be true to the character.
I just started a Youtube channel. It is in its infancy, but I hope to have a steady stream of content on there.
You can find it here, and in the mean time take a look at the book trailers I uploaded. As always, thoughts and comments are welcome.
I wrapped up my manuscript last week, and now I have three books to edit. That means, writing books is on hold, and editing needs to take priority.
It is strange when I’m between writing books. While working on manuscripts, the stories become like old friends to me. I immerse myself so much into the stories that it is almost jarring when the initial writing is finished, leaving a void. However, it is always relieving to finish the first draft of a book.
Editing though is not something I particularly enjoy. Sure, I could leave the bulk of it for my editor, but then how could I learn to improve myself? My editor is also very busy and I want to make my projects as easy for her as possible. That doesn’t make the process easier or more fun. Editing is tedious, and requires intense attention, which makes it more challenging for me to do a good job without taking frequent breaks.
In the meantime, I am thinking about what to write next. Should I write a science fiction novel? Should I write the final novel in the Goandria series? I hope to have an answer within a week.