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"We all have a little darkness hidden within, I just choose to let mine out every once in a while on paper." - J. Marie Ravenshaw
As a new F/T Horror Newsletter editor, I wanted to develop a series of editorials that would be interesting as well as engaging. I've decided that each month, I will kidnap an author who has chosen to write in the Horror/Scary genre. In order to be released, he or she will have to answer a handful of questions for you, the voracious readers of their fine fiction. The questions will be chosen randomly from a database of questions I've developed that hopefully you will find interesting and thought-provoking. - Brooke-Thanks Anonymous! :)
Kidnapped! J. Marie Ravenshaw Speaks 03.03.12
This month, my victim is J. Marie Ravenshaw who is widely known as a talented author and leader of her own horror group called "Invalid Item" . I encourage you all to check out her group and the items below we've featured. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did.
Why do you think readers want to "escape" with a genre that stimulates fear and anxiety as it considers horrible events?
I obviously can't speak for everyone that chooses to read horror. However, I can tell you why I do. In my opinion, horror elicits visceral reactions that many of us do not experience on a regular basis. Those of us that read in the horror genre regularly, tend to crave those reactions. A well described scene can make your stomach drop, a chill run up and down your spine, and your hair stand on end. I think we all seek a visceral reaction when we read- whatever that genre may be. A horror story just tends to elicit more reaction than others.
If you could be invisible for a day, how would you spend the day?
Hmm ... wow! What a question. Well, I'd probably study people because they fascinate me. Many times people only show you what they want you to see. So, just think about what they'd show you when they think that no one is looking! I'd study their nuances, memorize each facial expression; I'd just enjoy analyzing everything about them. After that, I'd probably rush home and write something. Hopefully, it'd be worth the read.
What do you like best (or least) about writing?
I like the release. Yeah, I know that sounds bad. But, I assure you that this is very true for me. When I finish a story, I feel relieved, lighter, sated. It's as if the weight of the day has been completely lifted off my shoulders. It's downright therapeutic for me.
If you could have a dinner party with four authors you admire (famous or not), who would you invite?
Only four? My goodness, I don't think I can narrow it down. So ... I think I'm gonna cheat . I would have to say my favorite authors ... Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris. Then I'd have to go ahead and say all the wonderful author friends that have spent endless hours with me talking about writing and other random things via wdc chat, skype, FB, and twitter. You all know who you are . I don't know what I would do without you .
Do you think marketable horror fiction is really more about shock value than telling a good story?
I definitely think that 'marketable' horror fiction is more about shock value. But it's the well written stories that really stick with you. I think a good horror story is more about messing with your mind. It's the horror story that keeps your eyes glued to the screen and keeps you wondering what's going to happen next that gets my heart pumping.
As a woman writing in the erotic genre, are you comfortable with men working at the genre, and is there a difference between erotica written by men and that written by women? And related to this, do you think gender makes a difference to the way it is read and if so how?
This is a LOADED question if I ever saw one. Whatcha tryin' to do Brooke? Kill me? Just kidding. I'll try to answer as best as I can without sounding like a total moron.
For the first part of the question, of course I'm comfortable with men writing in the erotica genre. I think the true question is: are men comfortable with women writing erotica? I mean, it wasn't that long ago that a woman writing about graphic sex was considered a 'no-no'. We've just started to make our voices known in the genre. Any woman that says she has never thought about sex or fantasized about the act is bold-faced lying in my opinion. Why not write about it?
Honestly, I don't think I can pinpoint any consistent differences between men and women writing erotica. Many have said that men focus on the physical while women focus on the emotional. With the erotica that I have read, written by both sexes, I really can't say that is 100% true. A good fictional story should be written in the voice of the characters you create- not the masculine or feminine voice of the author. But, then, I guess you'll really have to make that decision for yourself.
A message from J. Marie Ravenshaw : Thank you very much Brooke for giving me this opportunity. I wish I could list more of my own stories. But, most of them are for adult eyes only . HORROR, Inc. has many more projects coming in the future... we'll be sure to keep you posted !!
I hope you enjoyed this look into the mind of a fellow author. I encourage you to read the entire interview here : "Invalid Entry" .
If you'd like to keep up with this talented author, bookmark her blog Ramblings of a Blackened Mind .
If you would like to share your thoughts, please send me a note using the box at the bottom of this newsletter.
Write and Review on! ~ Brooke
Here are some Horror/Suspense activities and groups to check out.
"The Dark Society" [13+] by Jeff
"The Scribes" [E] by lotte
"Invalid Item"  by A Guest Visitor
"Invalid Item"  by A Guest Visitor
"Invalid Item"  by A Guest Visitor
Published work from elorn chosen by our interviewee
~~ Kidnapped Author's Freedom Five ~~
All my kidnapped authors must choose five horror stories to be released.
I wrapped my fingers around the straps of my backpack as I looked out over the pristine waters of Lake Pokegama from the porch of our rented cabin. The sun was starting to set, the purple hues of dusk settling in. I wanted to get one more hike in for the day and felt the need to get out to the point to watch the sun set completely.
We rocked back as the car came to a complete stop. I glanced up at Jason's profile. He looked horrified; his eyes were widened, showing too much white, and his breathing was way too fast. My heart was pounding so hard; it was as if it would beat right out of my chest. I slowly turned my head toward what he was looking at. It was like in the movies, when the victim knows the killer or monster is right behind them. Well, in our case, the horror was directly in front of us.
A sweet, spicy scent wafted to her nostrils. Oh she knew that smell...lust. She inhaled deeply, opening her mind and shuddering at the thoughts this man was projecting toward her. She drank his lust like a well-aged wine. 'Mmm, he'll do,' she thought as she returned his smile. She turned her attention to the glass of gin that sat in front of her.
I sat staring at the white wall. There was no way I was going to look back over my shoulder at what called to me. I had purposely positioned my chair for this moment; I knew that this time would come.
"Colin," it said quietly from the other side of the room. "Colin look at me, I have it here."
A lot had happened here, he thought, letting the car door close under its own weight. Maybe if he was lucky, he'd find that spark he'd somehow lost over the years. Understandable as it was with Linda's death and his son's suicide shortly after, he just wasn't the man he had once been.
~~ Editor's Choice - The Trio of Terror ~~
*All our featured stories this week were suggested by our kidnapped interviewee.
~ Classic Chiller ~
I can't help but regard Jacob with disgust. He's everything vile about this world, an abomination. Even now, watching him scuttle to the center of the well, one hand lifted to shield his eyes against the sudden intrusion of light, I feel nothing but determination. Jacob must die.
~ Modern Macabre ~
I pushed the pause button on the recorder, moving the portable stand with the microphone closer to the old man lying in the hospital bed.
"Okay, Mr. Partridge just tell us your story in your own words. I will try to save any questions until the end. All right?"
The old man nodded and took a drink of water from the plastic cup on his bedside stand and watched me start the recorder again.
"Whenever you're ready," I said, sitting back in a chair with a notepad and pen in hand.
~ The Future of Fright ~
I was never a man of the people. I grew up the son of a Senator, and my only job as a son was to receive the education befitting my father's stature in Rome. In truth I was a mess. I was raised going to prestigious academies for gifted youth, and it was in one of those academies that it became apparent to me that I was different. I made the other children afraid.
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I received the following fiendish feedback to my last newsletter [#4867] "Kidnapped! Nomar Knight Speaks 01.29.12" and I'm being blackmailed into sharing it with you.
What a great interview. Nomar is a superb writer and a good friend. I can only wish him the best of the best in the future.
Thank you Bill. I really appreciate you taking the time to send in a note. I hope you enjoy this month's interview as well.
Another great interview, Brooke! Thanks for putting the screws to Nomar and gleaning all these great insights!
Thanks Jeff! You're the best and as always, I appreciate your encouragement.
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