What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?
Not much new to report this week from a writer standpoint. I’m still writing. Working on a short story for a themed anthology I’ve been invited to be a part of, but I can’t say too much about it at this point except to say I’m really enjoying the piece. And it always feels good to be writing.
What does the future hold?
My TESSpecFic group is getting ready to start a series of posts on the genre of Horror and the subsequent problems of having such a broad stroke label for a genre that may be interpreted differently by many different readers and writers. Okay, that last part is what my post will be about next Friday. Other group members are perhaps taking a different approach to the topic.
But without further ado…
I first met Hunter when I started this crazy blog thing almost ten months ago. He was actually the second author to whom I posed my Seven Questions (you can find that interview by clicking here).
In addition to writing and blogging, Hunter is a co-host of “Monster Men,” a podcast with Jack Campisi about all things Horror (with special emphasis on cinema).
When I interviewed Hunter the first time, it was not long after the release of his first novel, Forest of Shadows, through Samhain Publishing. Recently Hunter released his second novel, Evil Eternal. I read an excerpt from his website (which I’ll link to at the end), and let me tell you, that title pretty well sums up the excerpt I read.
But more than all that, beyond a colleague, I have a feeling that Hunter would be a “real life” friend of mine as well.
So NOW without further ado…
Horror’s Platinum Age
by Hunter Shea
I want to let you in on a little secret.
We are, right now, in the greatest era for horror fiction of all time. I’ve been on this green and blue orb for over 40 years and a horror hound for as long as I can remember. For the first time I can remember, I can find horror fare (from top notch quality to oh-so-bad but you just have to watch) everywhere!
I don’t ever remember so many horror movies in theaters. I recently saw a list that showed just the top 115 of 2011! There were some real frights out there, from Paranormal Activity 3 to Insidious and The Troll Hunter. Recent remakes have turned out to be pretty damn good, like The Crazies, Let Me In, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and the amazingly enjoyable Piranha. And don’t forget the slew of direct to video flix that give you everything from gore galore to holy crap, I’ve become less of a human being for watching this (that’s right, I’m talking about you, Human Centipede 2!).
When I went to my local Barnes & Noble, I was able to buy 4 horror themed magazines (tried and true Fangoria, Horrorhound, Rue Morgue, and Famous Monsters) while still leaving others on the shelf for later. Then I picked up the latest Walking Dead compilation and Brian Keene’s comic, The Last Zombie.
Speaking of The Walking Dead, is there a hotter show on TV? I think not. Just as good and even more terrifying is American Horror Story. That series had a what-the-hell moment in every episode. Television is loaded for bear with horror, with shows like Supernatural, True Blood, Being Human, Dexter, Fact or Faked : Paranormal Files and too many others to name. Now TV also has channels solely dedicated to horror, like Fearnet and Chiller TV. Sweet.
And even though bookstores no longer have horror sections, buying has moved to the internet and e-books where there are more great books to read than you can get through in a lifetime. Publishers like Deadite Press, Cemetery Dance, Thunderstorm Books and my own publisher, Samhain Publishing (who has just released my 2nd novel, Evil Eternal), are putting out a greater quantity of books by more incredible authors than ever before. My to-read pile seems to be perpetually three feet high, and that’s not including what’s on my Kindle. — On a side note, I predict that Samhain Publishing, which started its horror line just last October, will become the biggest publisher of horror in the country. Think the old Dorchester line, but on steroids and HGH.
Last but not least, if you really want to get a horror high, go to one of the dozens and dozens of national and local horror conventions that are on all year round. I suggest Chiller Theatre, Horrorfind, Horror Hound, Killer Con and the World Horror Convention. There you get to mingle with stars, directors, writers and other like-minded horror junkies. Always a total blast, and you will meet and mingle with legends in the field.
Can you tell I’m really stoked about the state of the industry right now? I’ve become so excited about it that I even started a video podcast in 2011 called The Monster Men so my buddy and I could bring all things horror to the public. With so much out there, we think people need a tour guide with a healthy sense of humor, because scares and laughs have always gone hand in hand.
When I’m not podcasting, I’m always writing. From ghosts (Forest of Shadows) to demons (Evil Eternal), it’s been a privilege to be part of the ranks that live to scare you.
I may be a horror writer, but I am, and always will be, a fan first.
Embrace the terror. It’s everywhere you look!
What do I want from you?
What did you think about Hunter’s guest post? I really like his sentiments, but I’ve saved my own thoughts to respond to your comments. Hunter is also offering a signed copy of Forest of Shadows to one of my commenters.
You can find all things Hunter Shea at the following links:
Finally, don’t forget to check back next Friday for my discussion of the troubles of the “Horror” genre label.
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