Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bringing back the Gothic Narrative

I personally feel that the genre of Horror today isn't held to the same regards as it once was. There are no modern masters that come to mind that have contributed lifetimes worth of work, such as an H.P Lovecraft or Edgar Allen Poe. And when one really comes to think about it, the Sub-genre of Gothic is all but extinct. There are many impostors supposedly producing Gothic material, but all I really see in their material is usually a disguised genre such as drama masquerading as horror. It's quite sad really. I mean, when was the last time a masterpiece like Oscar Wilde's "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" has been presented to the general public? I, myself, cannot recall. There are also many others. Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein', Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', and Henry James' timeless classic 'The Turn of the Screw'. Being a Gothic Horror author myself, I believe the masters of old would be less than impressed with the material representing their genre today, but that's just me.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The only thing a writer really needs

I have found, when talking to my fellow writers, that a lot of them have to really go out of their way to acquire inspiration. Personally, I feel that the only thing a true writer needs is a vivid imagination. Of course, other factors also play into effect, dedication, will power, and so forth. But, one always has to remember that the creation process comes from within, never from outside sources. So when I hear that someone has to be around priceless works of art or reside in multi-million dollar mansions to come up with anything, It borderlines on absurdity.