Meet The Writer: Simon Bestwick

22 07 2011

What first attracted you to horror writing?

I’ve always loved dark, scary, disturbing fiction. Dr Who on the TV when I was a kid, the Pan and Fontana Books of Horror, the Shaun Hutson novels I read in school- not to mention big thick books of the old, good stuff- Poe, Blackwood, Bierce etc- and anthologies like Ramsey Campbell’s The Gruesome Book.  That was probably my first taste of good, contemporary horror fiction- stories like Nigel Kneale’s ‘The Pond’- although I was as grimly fascinated by frog taxidermy as by anything else- August Derleth’s ‘The Extra Passenger’, Henry Kuttner’s ‘The Graveyard Rats’ and David Langford’s ‘3:47AM’, all of which chilled the hell out of me.  Not to mention encountering writers like Richard Matheson for the first time.  Oh, and then there was Ray Bradbury- The October Country remains one of the best short story collections I’ve ever read, full stop.  But that’s Bradbury for you.

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