So there I was trying to sound like I knew what I was talking about.
Trying to convince people that horror fiction was about more than just blood and gore; that in some instances it had more to say than “don’t go down into that basement”.
Where was I? My local library had invited me to host a seminar on the horror genre as part of its Living Literature program.
The library had promoted it fairly well, arranging interviews with the local newspaper and radio station and it was a great night end. I never expected to get huge crowds, but I was very happy with the half a dozen people who showed. It made it easier to talk.
I prattled on for an hour; about how horror made the reader feel, made them think about things like faith and philosophy – as well as fear. I talked about the themes of my novella “Torment” and utlimately finished with a short reading from my upcoming novella “The Noctuary”. I also introduced the audience to the website for The Noctuary which can be found HERE
I had intended on posting a video of the reading here, but unfortunately the background noise from the air-conditioning made that impossible. Instead I’ve posted a few photos from the night.
So did I get what I wanted from doing the talk – sure. I got a chance to try and put horror fiction in a serious light and to top it all off I managed to off load half a dozen signed copies of Torment as well.
Here’s to the next talk.