You may wonder how a human rights and non-human rights, squishee, animal-loving vegan like myself got into writing horror. I believe that horror as a genre has the potential to be a culturally transformative tool. Certainly, it isn’t always used in this way. Some authors and many readers take the violence and gore at face-value. To each their own, but it doesn’t interest me.
When I write horror, I am sometimes expressing my actual horror about things I have seen, heard, or otherwise absorbed from the world around me. Unfortunately, there is plenty of that kind of horror to keep all of us reading and writing our whole lives. I write partly for catharsis (and to offer catharsis to the reader), but also as social commentary. Lots of horror is done in this way. The stories are still meant to entertain, so you may not even notice they are commentary unless you look at them with that lens. But it is now and always has been a foundational part of the genre.
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In a world where vampires are the chosen enforcers of justice, created by the goddess Sekhmet, Enid is one of her maker’s favorite children. Now one of her nastiest rivals has appeared, and is taking a rather greedy bite out of the Big Apple. When blood starts to boil and the feud splits wide open, will Sekhmet or her other hellish enforcers show up to take sides?
*Be warned: vampires swear a lot. If you’ve ever met one, you should know. This book contains a fair amount of strong language.
Catharine Hill tells the story of the famous “lady in white” who has long hitched for rides along the Black Woods Road between Cherryfield and Franklin, Maine. She didn’t die under wonderful circumstances, and she has a bit of a chip on her shoulder. So, make sure you pull over when she flags you down, and make sure you’re very polite. Otherwise, the heads that roll may very well include your own.
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