Last Writes

Simply. Scary.

James Orr

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).

3. Are you ever afraid of your own creations?
The frightening aspect about my work is that I don’t really know where it comes from. When I start to write, it’s like the words flow through my fingers, characters forming themselves and becoming real in my mind. I’m like a passenger along for the ride or someone sitting in a cinema watching the story develop. I don’t seem to have any input to the process . . . until the dreaded editing begins!

4. Tell us something non-writing related about you.
I have a Husky German Shepherd cross that likes to tear up any cushions my girlfriend tries to put on the sofa, a fat ginger cat that has taken to sleeping in the plant pot and thirty ‘female’ tropical fish that insist on reproducing on a weekly basis.

Make sure to grab a copy of Dark Moon Digest 16 and read James’s story today!

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Gabriella Stalker

Snapshot_20130712_7Gabriella Stalker is the author of “Stitches” in Dark Moon Digest 16.

1.  Where do you generally find inspiration and what prompted the story you wrote for Dark Moon Digest?

I have written more dystopian stories than horror, and my formula for writing those is exaggerating societal issues I see. They are kind of horror in their own way, since writing them is how I put my true fear down on paper.

The inspiration for “Stitches” is much more fun though. A few years ago, I was hand-sewing a stuffed animal as a gift for a friend (a unicorn, actually) and listening to a lot of creepypasta narrations to stay entertained. Several nights of that somehow planted the idea of a misunderstood seamstress using her talents in, um, an interesting fashion.

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What’s your favorite? by Lori Michelle

USKMToday marks the end of Unofficial Stephen King month.  I know I was supposed to write some fantastic essay on what SK meant to me, but I ran out of time. Well, would I run a whole month about the man if he hadn’t affected me somehow?

I was never much one for horror. But Lori, you run a  horror magazine! Yes, I know, I said was. I didn’t care for the scary aspect of Halloween, I never cared for scary movies, I didn’t even care to go to Knott’s Scary Farm (the original Halloween amusement park in Southern California).  As I have gotten older, I realize that horror fascinates me more than it used to. Moreover, I am fascinated by the psychological aspects of horror and what it represents. And the master of psychological horror has to be SK. His words wiggle themselves into you brain, and you end up scaring yourself.

We have so many great essays by different authors this month that I felt without writing out a whole bunch of words about him and his writing just seems redundant at this point. Instead, I want to hear from you.

What was the very first Stephen King work you read? And which one of his works has touched you most?

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