Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Stephen King to discuss Doctor Sleep, the highly anticipated sequel to King's iconic early work, The Shining. Along the way, the horror master reflects on his life, his career, and how much he misses scaring people.
There've been a couple of books that haven't really been that way. 11/22/63 was a lot of fun to write and a lot of people read it and seemed to like it, but it's not what you'd call a balls to the wall scary story. The same was true of Under the Dome. I wanted to go back to that real creepy scary stuff.
Doctor Sleep will be released in September, 2013.Categories: Interview, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror
A stolen child...
An ancient evil...
A father's descent...
And the literary masterpiece that holds the key to his daughter's salvation.
We keep coming back to David Wong. The well-timed release of his new novel, This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It), gave us an opportunity to use him as the centrepiece of our horror features, but the whole idea really goes back to his first book. John Dies at the End introduced me to the new fear, rejecting everything that was familiar about horror to create something impossible to predict. The sequel is no different, once again using a mad tangle of shock and stupidity to build a story of unrelenting horror.
It will be impossible to discuss This Book is Full of Spiders (hereafter named without parenthetical subtitles), without revealing some of the events of John Dies at the End. If you're planning on picking up the first book, and don't like ruining surprises, you may want to stop here until you've read it.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror, The New Fear
In the last four weeks, we've defined the ideas of horror and terror, immersed ourselves in the creepiness of atmosphere, explored the narrative benefits of the unknown, and demonstrated the power of writing with personality. In our final discussion on the craft of horror, we'll look at what these diverse elements have in common, and how they can work together to create a really good horror story.
If we look at them side by side, it becomes clear that these tools all come from one source, drawing their effectiveness from the same basic idea. There's a little bit of psychology involved in writing horror; the tricks of an author's trade work by sneaking around our rational certainties, and tapping into the older, primal mind that lurks behind our impressive modern intellects. The brain remembers why we fear the dark, even if we don't, and old habits die hard.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror, The New Fear
David Wong's unusual career began with a scary story posted to his blog. Thirteen years later, he is the senior editor of an insanely popular humour website, and the bestselling author of John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It). David was kind enough to answer a few questions about his books, his online writings, and what it's like to go from telling dirty jokes on the internet to writing critically acclaimed horror novels.Categories: Interview, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror, The New Fear
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