Enter, you. You’re a writer. You’re a horror writer. You’re a woman.
I miss horror movies where every bet is off save for one eternal rule: The Price.
As is appropriate for a story that’s a reworking of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space,” “Violet is the Color of Your Energy” is named after two songs centered on color: 311’s laidback, beachy “Amber,” and Hole’s angry, feminist “Violet.” I doubt that MRA…
As someone who is writing her own female villain, I would like to suggest a few of the noteworthy “bad girls” that came before her and helped to inspire her – female villains that are authentically scary, violent, and arguably evil.
I have a soft spot for the use of animals as symbolic entities – not as monster bait, nor necessarily as the monster itself, but as a sort of gateway, sometimes a hallucinatory one, between the normal and paranormal world, or between the mundane and the sublime.
This is why a lot of people tell horror stories – they want to conquer some fleeting thing, some image, some sentence, some idea, that scares them.
Title quote from one of my favorite monologues on haunted houses, in Rose Red (which itself is heavily inspired by The Haunting of Hill House). The speaker is, of course, a ghost who embodies the “bad house” in question. The Paris Review has a great essay…