Hello, folks. I’m pleased to let you know that my episode, Shadows, is now available to listen to or download on The Wicked Library. Just follow the link to listen. Happy Halloween!
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.
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?
I think I was about ten, and it was in the village library. I used to Continue reading
Well, once again the new year has snuck up on us and it’s nearly February already! I’ve been somewhat absent from blog land recently but what with study and book launches and Christmas….well you know.
Anyway in 2015 I began the process of getting my name our there more as a writer. So let’s start with a quick recap of 2015 first:
- First off I had my story Reflections on a Malady appear on Shadows at the Door, a website that plays host to all sorts of ghost/horror stories.
- I also plucked up the courage to introduce myself to The Story Reading Ape
- I joined Goodreads, finally
- Then I was approached to appear on The Wicked Library podcast, where my story was read out. I was also interviewed as part of the show. My first interview! I was quite nervous and didn’t say half the things I wanted to. But I hope it wasn’t awful.
- My second collection of 6 Victorian style ghost stories, The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories, was finished and launched as an eBook (hurrah!).
- A combined paperback edition containing all the stories from A Spirited Evening and Other Stories and The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories entitled 12 Ghostly Tales, was also released.
- Most recently I had an article published on Spooky Isles. You might like this one if you enjoyed my blog post about Eyam. This one’s about it’s neighbouring village, Stoney Middleton.
So much for 2015. What is on the Horizon for 2016? Well I have been asked to be a contributor to Shadows at the Door’s first anthology. My story is being prepared and I’m just waiting on my contract. A Kickstarter campaign is due to launch in March (watch this space).
A Spirited Evening is now back in the Kobo store and can be purchased with 50% off, until January 31st 2016, with the code JAN1650 as part of Kobo’s sale. This code can be used as many times as you like up to the 31st on any book published though the Kobo Writing Life platform. So, lots of chances to help indie authors. #supportindieauthors . Don’t worry Kobo don’t reduce authors’ royalties to do this so everyone wins. (Offer applies to UK, US, CA, NZ and AU stores). I’m planning on having The Haunted Chamber available from Kobo soon as well now that its kdp select enrolment has ended.
I’m also hoping to get caught up on some reading and get back to reviewing. I’ve been very naughty and bought lots of books. I may need to be rescued from under a pile of paperbacks in the near future. I’ve discovered the British Libraries Crime Classics so my weakness for old books is threatening to get the better of me again!