I read widely. My TBR shelf has everything from historical mysteries, to paranormal romance to non-fiction. Sometimes I look at it and don’t know what to read next (a sure sign I have too many books on the shelf).
As a writer I love anything speculative, fantasy, paranormal, I’m starting to look at sci-fi…and now erotic horror romance. I used to only watch Buffy in daylight and too many episodes of Supernatural set me on edge so I listen to every noise. And yet I can’t stop watching these shows. They give me just enough fright to make me feel alive.
I think this need to watch something a little scary started as a kid. Back then Dr Who seemed scary (does anyone remember the disembodied hand that would strangle people? That was responsible for weeks of me wondering what’s under the bed). Of course if I’d said I was scared I wouldn’t have been allowed to watch it so I watched through my fingers.
The reason why I keep watching these shows even though they freak me out is because I’m invested in the character. These days’ horror films just seem to be about shock value and that doesn’t interest me. I studied Hitchcock for year 12 English (I did English in media not English Lit) and to this day I can’t look at a line of more than about six birds on a power line without a twitch. If you’ve seen the Birds you know what I’m talking about. Fear was created in a much more subtle way.
To flex my writing muscles and try something different I’m writing a creepy tale full of romance. I just need to scare the hero and heroine into each other’s arms…
the only question is how scared do I need to be while writing it?