Meet The Writer: Toby Venables

3 05 2011

What first attracted you to horror writing?

I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t write some kind of story, and there was always horror involved – but a key moment was having the Beowulf and Grendel story read out in class at primary school. There was more blood and guts in school back then – in a good way… Beowulf stuck with me (it was the wrenched off arm that did it) to the extent that my first novel was a monster story set in ancient Scandinavia with a hero named Bjolf (the Old Norse version of the name Beowulf). Although not horror, reading H G Wells as a kid also made a huge impact. There’s a deep and dreadful horror in many of his works, especially War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Beyond that, reading 2000AD comic, and watching old Universal horror double bills late at night when my parents thought I was asleep.

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