Meet The Writer: S.L. Schmitz

20 05 2011

What first attracted you to horror writing?

There were two psychological horror stories that deeply affected me when I was around 14 years old – the first one was a short story called Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne about a mad Italian scientist who used his botany skills to engineer a beautiful but poisonous daughter, and the second one was a 1936 movie starring Gloria Holden called Dracula’s Daughter. Both of these stories featured proud, dark, intensely tragic women who were powerful in their ability to kill, but innocent in the descent into their own madness. Quite enlightening to a teenager! I think it is the themes of horror which attracted me the most – where else can you mix insanity, religion, immortal love, and the undead? Oh, and I can’t forget growing up in the suburbs of Chicago with the Saturday afternoon Son of Svengooli Show– all the horror and sci-fi movies an impressionable teen could desire. I was hooked.

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