January 21st, 2005

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"anyone who doesn't think there's art in horror is a fool...

Doug Winter is a very interesting bloke. I met him briefly at a World Horror Con in Niagra Falls, some years back, and saw him again at NECON, this past summer. The link is to an excellent interview with him.


Here's a nibble:

"Genre horror seems defined by a moment in time: 1984, the year that Stephen King and Peter Straub published The Talisman . . . the year that Clive Barker's Books of Blood were unleashed. I can't think of one critical shift in the subject matter or intent or style of genre horror fiction since then. But that was twenty years ago. Ronald Reagan won his second term as President. First class stamps cost twenty cents. Apple introduced the Macintosh computer. Ghost Busters was the top-grossing film. Frankie Goes To Hollywood had three hit singles—and Avril Lavigne was born.

"The world has changed radically in those twenty years, and so has its literature. And yes, we have Steve King and Peter Straub, but they're like Springsteen—they keep rockin' to their own beat, but refining that beat as they go. Way too many writers working in their wake want to be them—or worse, they're stuck in 1984. They want to be A Flock of Seagulls.

"And it's like . . . come on, folks, get over it."
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    Flock of Seagulls, just kidding