Hello dear readers! I’m sure you’re wondering where my column is this month for the wonderful edition of Dark Eclipse magazine. The truth is I’ve seen fit to move from there to a more permanent medium for all to enjoy, here at the dreadful Dark Moon Digest blog. Every third Friday of the month, I will spend some time reviewing books, movies, or going over the history of a haunted locale in hopes of inspiring someone to greater heights, and spawning forth a story of their own.
Speaking of spooky sights, let’s take a look at what I have in the old vault and find a quality vacation spot for you all to enjoy. Ahhh . . . here we go: Italy! Who could say no to a trip to Italy, with the great architecture, the quality meals . . . and the insane asylums? Sound like my kind of place. PovegliaIsland does, at any rate.
What makes underground markets in horror so interesting is the lack off parameter; because there is rarely an over-arching imperative to make money (the result of which in mainstream publishing is a lack of willingness to take risks on experimental creators or subjects), there is a floridness and variety of material that one simply will not find in day to day markets. This situation suits horror perfectly, as, like science fiction, fantasy and other genres with which it overlaps, horror is about experimentation and transgression, at its most ideal. It is not a subject or a genre that should leave the reader or the audience feeling comfortable or reinforced; ideally, they should put the book down and be shaken, not necessarily afraid, but unsettled; questioning certain factors by which they previously defined themselves and the world. If they can put down the book or turn off the TV and walk away the same as when they sat down, then the work has not done its job.
James Orr is the author of “Croyden”, which appears in Dark Moon Digest 16.
1. Where do you generally find inspiration and what prompted the story you wrote for Dark Moon Digest?
For me, inspiration comes when I’m daydreaming, like when I’m driving back from work on ‘zombie mode’ with the radio as background chatter. I’ll suddenly picture a scene or a situation and that will develop into the first glimpse of a story. My story ‘Croyden’, featured in Dark Moon Digest, came about when I started to imagine what would happen if someone with a violent temper had a mental breakdown. I have a love of the macabre, getting to grips with the sinister side of life and I love writing in that genre.
2. Who is your favorite modern author? And classical?
My favourite modern author is Stephen King. Favourite classical is George Orwell (How stereotypical).