First things first - my debut novel, The Log House, was officially fully funded in December 2016. That means it's official. The novel will happen, and that is all because of you. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.Since then, I have been working with many fantastic editors and proofreaders to get The … Continue reading A brief update on my debut horror novel – The Log House
What follows is a 100% true account of something that happened to me as a child. I know, how many ghost stories begin with "but this totally happened"? Far too many, I'm sure. But this did happen. And whether it has a logical answer or not, whether it's scary to you or not, it freaked … Continue reading My true ghost story.
Hello everyone! It's been a little while, I know. The great news is, my horror novel The Log House is over halfway funded! This is completely amazing and I am blown away by all the support, but there is still a ways to go. Therefore, I thought I would set up a fun little challenge. In honour of … Continue reading Fancy a spooky story to listen to this Halloween?
Recently I've been considering the genre of my novel The Log House. From the moment I began writing, I had always considered it a horror novel. Horror was always what I wrote, after all. Besides, what could a novel about a creepy forest filled with monsterous children be, if not horror? Many things, apparently. Since … Continue reading Post apocalyptic dystopian supernatural thriller horror fiction – the trouble with Genre
Horror stories are wonderful. Horror stories you're not sure are fake are even better. Everyone has heard at least one. That story that happened to your brother's friend's cousin. That story that could happen to you. Urban legends have existed for centuries and I love reading all about them. I have my favourites though, and … Continue reading Urban legends to keep you awake at night
I have always been fascinated by morally ambiguous characters. Villains, anti-heroes and anti-villains have always been my favourite characters to read, watch and write. There's something fun and more human about them. Typical heroes are easy to work out - they do what is right, for the good of all. But that's not always the … Continue reading The Log House – My characters, and why none of them are good people.
In my novel The Log House, my main character finds herself battling nature and the sinister creatures that lurk within in order to return home. While writing this novel, I have also been battling a monster. I have suffered with depression since I was a teenager. It's mostly manageable, sometimes not, and generally rears its … Continue reading Crowdfunding, writing, and the monster known as depression.
Some horror tropes are tried and tested within the genre. Even if you don't like them, generally they produce the desired effect. Others seem to be pushed into horror just because it's the done thing to do, whether it's irritating to audiences or not. Here are the tropes I find the most irritating in the … Continue reading My least favourite horror tropes
To me, the monster is the most important aspect of the horror novel. It's what your protagonist is fighting or fleeing. It gives your novel pace and conflict. But how many times have you picked up a book, invested yourself in the story, only to reach the monster and think... Eh. When the monster of … Continue reading Creating your monster – Writing a scary horror creature
I spend a lot of time commuting. A lot of time. Around 10 hours a week, actually, and there are only so many times you can stare at the same road before you think - "Damn, I wish I was creeped out right now." I started my podcast journey with Welcome to Night Vale. I'd heard about … Continue reading Audio Horror – My top five podcasts