HAPPY HALLOWEEN, GUYS!!
-Why do you read scary things?
I love the thrill of being scared. Good horror will make me feel as though I'm being followed or chased or hunted or watched or something else. And while I'm reading, I'll be loving it. And when I finish it, I'll step out of the fantasy world and be glad for my (relatively) stalker-killer free life. Or I'll still be scared, jumping at every creek of the house as it settles. Either's fine. Both is good.
-What flavour of scary do you like reading about?I like things to be on the line between really suspenseful and developing fast enough to get things done. This normally comes in ghost stories and other kinds of hauntings. I like reading other things like vampires and serial killers, but whether I find it scary is dependant on the story.
-Out of everything in the world, what do you find scary? The news. Oppression. Ignorance of really major issues. Women's rights, lack of in certain places. Religious extremists who use their religion as an excuse to do some really screwed up things. Sure, I'll get creeped and paranoid from fiction and shadows, but the real world is, in my opinion, where the real monsters live.
-If you could insert yourself into any horror novel, which would it be, who would you be, and why?
I'd like to see how I'd get on in a haunted circus, dark carnival type thing, or in a mental asylum. I believe Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes satisfies the carnival side of things, and I'm sure there's a few asylum based horror things around, but I can't think of any off the top of my head. In either situation, I think I'd probably end up dead pretty early on though.
-Classic (pre-1970s) or modern horror-which do you prefer and why?
Classic. It plays more on your mind and makes you think, relying less on gratuitous gore.
-What's the scariest thing you've read to this day?
A bit scary, but mainly disturbing, the Unwinding scene in Unwind. It was written in such a way that you feel as though you're getting unwound with the character. It really messed with my head for a few days.
-What books scared you most as a child?
Anything involving a skeleton, the Funnybones series excluded. When I was about five, we randomly came across a huge one in Blackwells, an Oxford bookstore, and the skull really terrified me. I stopped disliking them about age 9.
-What do you do to celebrate Halloween?
Seeing as my birthday is the day after, I'm normally hyping up for that. In the evening, I try and hunt out a scary book, or I'll spend the night on the internet. F yeah nightmares tumblr is a really good way to spend a Halloween night.
-Any fun Halloween stories you have to tell us?
Yes! For my thirteenth birthday two years ago, my dad made me some cakes from Lily Vanilli's A Zombie ate my Cupcake. A picture should be around. They were really good (the sugar glass was a pain though) and everything was amazing. The real fun came that night, when we finished off my birthday party with a round of Trick or Treating. And we went round to Ju's house. And we knocked on the door. And we got no response. And so we rang her.
"It's Lottie. And Su. And Katy. And Nina."
"Oh! Having fun at your party?"
"We're outside your house."
"Oh my god!"
-Any other spooky books you want to share?
Hmm...you should know my love for Hollow Pike and Ring and such...not really, no.