Meet The Writer: Sam Stone

27 04 2011

What first attracted you to horror writing?

When I was eleven I read my first adult book: The Collector by John Fowles. I’d never read anything like it. Technically it was a thriller but it was also a psychological horror. The fear and tension Fowles created made me realise that I quite enjoyed being scared. By that I mean ‘safely’ scared. We can read a book, drop into another person’s world, be terrified for a few hours but when we close the pages we can return to the safety of our real lives. Horror does that for people and supernatural horror is the best kind in that way.  Vampires, werewolves, ghosts can all be dismissed as ‘not real’. I’m not into slash or torture porn stuff, so films like Saw and Hostile just don’t appeal to me – although I love Hellraiser as Clive Barker uses a lot of psychological horror in these with the occasional dip into the physical horror.

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