My poor blog has been sadly neglected of late. As those of you who regularly read my updates probably know, back in May I was coming to the end of the final year of my Open University degree. Because the results of my final year were vital to my classification I decided to put the bulk of my focus into that. So, that’s why you didn’t see much of me over those busy months. After the final assignment there was the (seemingly) endless wait for the results.
Finally, last week this rather attractive piece of paper was delivered:
After the results were finally in I had a “What do I do now?” moment. Did I decide to read a book, do some blogging, write a bestseller (I can dream)?
No, I went and signed up for the M. A. in Creative Writing. This was shortly followed by cries of “What have I done?”
On Saturday my M. A. began, funnily enough, on the same day my B. A. certificate arrived.
So far so good but I reserve the right to become hysterical come assignment time.
I found it surprisingly hard to get back to writing after having some time away. I must confess, this morning I was feeling a bit down in the dumps about my writing future. BUT THEN…
My phone lit up. It was a message from Daniel Foytik over at The Wicked Library and The Lift informing me that I had made this year’s Parsec Award Finals, not once but twice! Yes, I have two stories, The Lost Library – from The Lift and Shadows – from The Wicked Library in the finals of the “Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)” category.
The Wicked Library has also made the finals in the “Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast” category. I wish them the best of luck. They have always been very supportive of myself and the other writers.
Following on from Yesterday’s interview with Mark Nixon, I will be continuing with the Shadows at the Door theme and conducting a series of interviews with some of the authors involved in the site’s upcoming anthology. First up is writer, editor and woman in horror Caitlin Marceau.
When did you first fall in love with the horror genre?
It took me a long time to fall in love with horror, to be honest. I used to be scared of everything as a kid— I used to have really bad nightmares— so I avoided anything to do with the genre growing up, which was hard since my parents both loved it. It wasn’t until high school that I really got into it, reading and watching anything I could get my hands on that was even remotely scary. I was sick of being afraid of my own shadow, so I took on this “if you can’t beat them, join them,”approach. I decided to scare people instead of being scared by them, and I’ve been writing horror since.
Which subgenre/s of horror would you say your work falls into?
That’s a good question. I’d say about a handful of my work falls into the psychological horror subgenre, but I’d hesitate to call all of it that. I’m really not sure about the rest, truth be told. I mean, I tend to root a lot of my work in the Canadian wilderness, or in Canadian myths, but that’s not exactly a specific genre.
Sanitarium Magazine featuring: Hunger by Caitlin Marceau
What is it about the horror genre that appeals to you as a reader and as a writer?
I find it so versatile. There’s no limit to what you can do, explore, try, create, or twist in the genre. There’s something great about Continue reading →
Today I am joined by Mark Nixon the man behind Shadows at the Door, the internet’s one stop, ghost story shop. Mark has taken time out from the busy bustle of preparation going on ahead of the site’s first published anthology to answer a few questions.
Tell us a bit about Shadows at the door. What was the thinking behind it?
Shadows at the Door began as a simple blog, a means to share a story I’d written. I didn’t consider submitting it for publication; I just wanted to share it with my friends. The blog proved more popular than I expected and so very quickly I created a new website as an online library, and other writers began to submit. Now, SATD is an online publisher, and I’m really proud of it.
What is your favourite part of running Shadows at the Door?
Discovering and promoting talented writers. I’ve met some amazing people whose work I may never have read were it not for the site. A lot of them are destined for amazing careers and I love doing my part to help build their brand.
When did your first fall in love with the horror genre?