“Horror—Check Yourself at the Door”
Guest Post by Ty Schwamberger
But, I think horror, true horror, is something that is embedded deep within the human psyche and can be different from person to person depending on past experiences you’ve gone through. This also explains why some people like watching or reading scary stuff, while some do not.
Let me explain.
I think, at least to some degree, that all people like to be scared. It is just part of human nature. Have you personally or ever notice someone cover their eyes when watching a scary scene in a movie? Sure you have. These people act like they don’t want to see what is happening, but are still looking through the spaces in between their fingers. Some people say we, as humans, are inherently good. Overall, I believe that is true. But, at the same time we all have a ‘bad’ side. It is that bad side that comes out when we watch the news or almost marvel at the destruction that some mad man just caused on the highway or in someone’s living room. If we didn’t like hearing about other people’s misfortunes we would turn off the news, press the off button on the DVD player or put down the book. But . . . we don’t. Instead we just shake our heads and think (and never or rarely ever say out loud) “I am so glad that it didn’t happen to me.”
Personally, I like writing scary stuff simply because that is what I have always been into (I grew up watching the slasher films from the 1980s). I like how a horror writer can make pretty much anything into something scary.
For example, a horror writer can start a serene story with a man walking a cute dog down the street, enjoying the outdoors, his life and his dog. Now, you can make that scary by having a madman in a car jump the curb, taking them both out. Say the dog dies and the guy ends up in the hospital and has to fight for his life. Then after getting out of the hospital, perhaps the guy goes on a mission to find the reckless driver and put him out of his misery.
See what I mean? Even the everyday things we enjoy (walking a cute dog down a nice quiet street in middle-America suburbia) can turn into someone’s nightmare.
That is what writing horror is all about. Trying new angles on a classic story or character or writing about something no one else has ever thought about before.
As far as those out there that say, “I don’t like watching scary movies or reading scary books”—you better check yourself at the door to your high school English class. Because if you like ‘classic literature’ then you’ve probably read horror before (Romeo and Juliet killing themselves in the name of love is pretty horrific—and pretty much just downright dumb) and might have even enjoyed it (those stories were always too tame for my taste) and if you watch your local news—guess what?—you’re watching horror in real life taking place (which is far worse than any writer could come up with—maybe) and . . . okay, I better stop before I get on too much of a rant here.
Horror is all around us whether you enjoy watching or reading it or not. It’s in your face in the media—the made-up stuff and reports of unfortunate things that happen to innocent people on a daily basis. Some of it is fascinating in a macabre sort of way (the made-up stuff, of course . . . ha ha), while some of it is just downright sick. I guess when it comes down to brass tacks, horror means different things to difference people—but really it’s all the same thing—horror. So, if you’re one of the people that look down on people that like to watch a good scary movie or read a great horror novel, you better watch who you’re bashing, because more than likely you’re just putting yourself down as well.
About the Book
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2016
AUTHOR: Ty Schwamberger
PAGE COUNT: 160
IMPRINT: Dark Serpent
GENRE: Horror/Dark Fantasy
SYNOPSIS: Gabe, Alan and Erin thought one last night out on the town before their junior year of college came to an end would be fitting. The three friends did the same as always – they went to a bar. Only this time they decided to try someplace new: The Torchlight Inn. They are eager to make it a night to remember.
During their time at the shabby bar they come face to face with seedy bar patrons, a biker gang and one strange-acting bartender named T-Bone. But all is well until Alan and Erin mysteriously disappear and Gabe has to try and find his friends before being forced to pay their bar tab.
Little do any of them know the secret the place holds beneath its cracked floorboards…
Where a whole new kind of terror is waiting for them.
BOOK PAGE: http://ravenswoodpublishing.com/bookpages/lastnightout.html
About the Author
AUTHOR LINKS: http://tyschwamberger.com/