Little Library Of Horrors: Women in Horror Month

Little Library Of Horrors: Women in Horror Month

Women In Horror


When I ask you to think of some iconic authors in the horror genre, who comes to mind first? Stephen King? Edgar Allen Poe? H.P. Lovecraft? Maybe even lesser known authors whom have had made an impact like Jack Ketchum, or Max Brooks. While all of them are important in their own way, I’d like to show some appreciation for the women in the world of horror novels. Like their male counterparts, there are a multitude of female authors that have shaped horror into what it is today.

Ann Rule launched the true crime sub-genre into a frenzy with her intense and very personal novel, “The Stranger Beside Me”, in which she details her friendship with serial killer Ted Bundy and gives us an inside look into his life. Shirley Jackson set the bar for haunted house stories with her terrifying novel, “The Haunting of Hill House”. One of the most influential female authors in not only horror, but literature in general, Mary Shelley, whom created the beloved and often misunderstood Frankenstein’s Monster. Easily one of the most iconic monsters in history. Last, but certainly not least, is an author whom has recently gained a boom in her career after her latest novel gained a lot praise, including a seal of approval from Stephen King. She is an author whom I believe will make an impact in horror not just for women, but for future authors as well. I’m talking of course about Alma Katsu.

Alma Katsu started her writing career back in 2011 when she wrote the first of a three part series called, “The Taker”. It was a huge success and was even named a “Top Ten Debut Novels” that year. Her latest novel, “The Hunger”, has been praised by the horror community and is compared to the earlier works of King. Speaking of which, Stephen King had tweeted that her novel was “deeply, deeply disturbing and hard to put down. Not recommended reading after dark”. I myself have just finished the novel and I couldn’t agree more with King.

“The Hunger” is eerie, terrifying, no holds barred horror at it’s finest. It’s a retelling of the tragic events of The Donner Party with a supernatural twist to it. It does give off an early King feeling because it’s set in a small community like Derry or Jerusalem’s Lot and you get to really know all of the people in the community. Everyone feels unique and real. The pacing is incredibly well done and the sense of paranoia throughout really grips you.

What I love the most though and the reason why I feel like she’ll make such an impact is how real she makes the supernatural in this. Sure, any amount of supernatural takes a little bit of suspension of belief, but isn’t that all of horror? The feeling of unbelieving that something like that is possible and yet, here it is, happening? She has a way of making that suspension so minimal, so minute that it’s hard to even know you’re doing it. Plus the pure fear the characters feel is gut-wrenching. You have to remember that this was an actual event that happened (minus the supernatural, of course). Real people suffered this terror.

I love that Alma took a real life event in our history and gave it her own twist. If you’re into historical fiction with a horror twist, I can’t recommend checking out “The Hunger” enough. She also has a new book coming out on March 10th, 2020 called “The Deep”. She is once again diving into one of the most famous tragedies in human history and cranking up the terror by revisiting the Titanic. I’m excited to see where she goes over the years and I hope you all do yourself a favor and do the same.

Exclusive interview with horror-fantasy author Lou Yardley

Exclusive interview with horror-fantasy author Lou Yardley

In a new interview on House of Tortured Souls I got an opportunity to ask fantasy-horror author source site follow link write a blog heart writing paper help with maths homework levitra 24h lieferung essay divorce custom handwritten font follow url go to link introduction to an argumentative essayВ how to write a strong essay thesis statement violence top writing services where can i buy misoprostol without a prescription a will will find a way essay broadway viagra custom essay writing services australia how to do a compare and contrast essay go to site here online essay proofreader how do i set up my email on my iphone se viagra india paypal research paper note cards examples here homework help learning disability go here Lou Yardley a few questions about her process for writing, self-publishing and her recently released We All Scream for Ice Cream


Q. For someone who hasn’t read any of your books, how would you describe your style of writing?

A. Umm… Good question. Probably fast-paced with a touch of gore here and there, and with a dollop of humour thrown in for good measure.


Q. When did you first realise you wanted to be a professional writer?

A. I think it was a couple of years ago. I’d recently published The Other’s Voice and, although the book isn’t everything, I wanted it to be and nobody bought it, I found that I really enjoyed the process. After that the only option was to keep going.

Q. What attracts you to the horror genre when it comes to writing?

A. It’s just the way my mind works. Over the years, I’ve come up with various stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres… but do you know what happens as soon as I go to write them? Horror comes out, that’s what. I’ve just come to accept that my mind is a little bit twisted and that’s absolutely okay.

Also, it helps that horror is a lot of fun to write and read (and watch if we’re talking movies). Horror can be all manner of things too. It’s not limited to ghost stories or slashers; we’ve got creature features, possessions, demonic entities, human beings (they’re bloody scary) and so much more. It can be funny. It can be serious. It can something in between. The horror community delights in grabbing the rule book and feeding it to the nearest ravenous otherworldly being.


Q. Do you have a specific process for coming up with ideas when writing a new story?

A. I find that handwriting things in the early stages really helps. Using a pen and paper seems to be the perfect way to get the ideas out. It’s also useful for if I’ve written myself into a hole. Brainstorming’s a lot easier when you can just scribble all over the page, rather than being confined to what you can type on a computer screen.


Q. Have you based any of the characters on specific people and do they know that you have written about them in the book?

A. Oh yes… and I don’t think so. That’s all I’m saying!

Q.  Your latest book We All Scream for Ice Cream is your most imaginative yet. What can people expect from the book and how did you come up with the idea of a horror story based around an ice cream van and what turns out to be deadly ice cream?

A. I know it sounds super cheesy, but the ‘fun’ scenes actually came to me in a dream. My name’s Lou and I dream about homicidal desserts and dudes with tentacles.

With We All Scream for Ice Cream you can expect a bit of a nostalgia trip, a few giggles, a whole load of weirdness and a smattering of gore.


Q. You seem to be constantly busy in addition to the novel Rise of the Carnivores and the short story We All Scream for Ice Cream you have a third book which you are looking to release later this year. The novel The Deal Maker. How long does it take you to complete a story from start to finish and what drives you to turn around your project so quickly?

A. The writing usually takes around two months for a novel (less for a short story or novella), but the editing is a longer process. Once I get started on a project that I’m excited about (like The Deal Maker), I find it hard to leave it alone. That means that I’m always picking away at it and the story soon builds up. I also use a variety of different methods to write – including typing on my laptop, handwriting and writing on my phone. This really helps to keep things fresh… and it means that I can write anywhere at any time.


Q. Your next novel is The Deal Maker. Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect from the book?

A. I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE! In short, this story is about a demon who grants favours in exchange for body parts, which he then uses to replace the knackered bits on his own body. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues! We’ve got a cast of very human characters who have to decide how far they’ll go to achieve their goals.

At the moment, The Deal Maker is a standalone novel, but I think I may revisit Jack (the demon) at some point in the future. There are so many stories that I can tell with him.

The The Deal Maker is out on the 12th July 2019 and it’s available to pre-order from all of the usual places now including my webshop.


Q. You have created some memorable horror characters and created your own take on the Werewolf genre with HellHounds. Are there any other famous characters or stories that you would like to give your own unique take on?

A. I’ve got a massive Chucky/Child’s Play obsession going on at the moment, so little ideas along those lines keep popping into my head. Maybe the possessed toy idea has been done to death, but I think I can still keep it fresh. I hope…. We’ll see…

Q. What has been your favourite book to write so far?

A. Ether We All Scream for Ice Cream or The Deal Maker … but that may just be because they’re new and fresh in my mind. They were both a lot of fun because I felt like I was free to do whatever I wanted. There are some pretty outlandish images in them, and they make me grin like the Cheshire Cat whenever I think of them.


Q. As you continue to evolve and change as a writer, have you ever been tempted to revisit some of your previous books and make changes to the story?

A. Yes and no. If I had an infinite amount of time then I would go back and rewrite some of my earlier work, but I’d prefer to focus on new stuff. I’ve got loads of stories planned and new ideas pop into my head all of the time.


Q. Do you have any other projects which you are working on?

A. I do indeed! I’m currently working on a brand-new book called Inherited Evil. I can’t say too much about it at the moment, as I’m still fleshing out the details and getting the first draft done, but I can promise that it will be spooky, gory fun.


Q. It is difficult to break into the market and like so many authors you have taken the decision to self-publish. As someone who is currently building up an audience what advice would you give to someone who is considering the option of self-publication?

A. Self-publishing is relatively easy but building up an audience is hard. My advice would be to get to know the community that you’re aiming to entertain. If it’s horror, talk to horror folks online or meet up with people at conventions. When you do talk to them, mention your book, but not too much – no-one wants to be accosted by someone screaming at them to buy their novel, no matter how good it is.

Over the last few years, I’ve seen loads of online companies that claim to have the winning formula to selling books. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. However, learning the algorithms for certain online retailers is all very well and good… until they change the way their businesses work (which they do – frequently). By all means look into that stuff, but I’ve found the best thing to do is to build relationships (online or in person) with real people. If you write horror, talk to fellow horror fans. Be a human being – people tend to dig that.


All of  Lou Yardley books are available from the online shop 

Nick Younker – Interview With A Horror Author

Nick Younker – Interview With A Horror Author

Hello, horror fans! Horrormadam here to tell you about one of my favorite authors Nick Younker. His short stories and novellas run the gamut of themes from Native American curses, to sociopaths, vampires, unnatural chaos, and the Zombie Apocalypse. They are so intelligent and engaging and give you a complete story in a concise manner. I love them so much that after completing I am compelled to review on Amazon. Before we talk to Mr. Younker, I wanted to show you the synopsis for my favorite of his Don’t Bury Me:

Evan, an activist hell-bent on exposing corruption within the pharmaceutical industry, accepts an invitation to go on a daring mission to Croatia in search of an ancient corpse that fell victim to a 14th-century plague. The mission becomes a stunning success with the discovery of a femur bone, but it comes with a price when he takes it to Indiana University in Bloomington for independent research.

After it reanimates, the outbreak takes a supernatural turn and the government responds by quarantining five states in the Midwest. The terminal virus, also known as the Rip Tide, forces people to self-cannibalize near the end. Evan, who seems to be immune to the Rip Tide, travels up and down the deserted roads of Southern Indiana to help people die peacefully.

Aided by both FEMA and the CDC with a satellite phone and airdrops, Evan encounters a young girl who was abandoned by her parents. To make matters worse, a 14th Century witch appears to him as an apparition, taking the form of a dead Goth-Rock Star he admires to manipulate him into spreading her lethal spores. But Evan has other plans and he starts to break through her supernatural code, finding unique ways to keep the young girl alive.

If that doesn’t get you interested I don’t know what would!

House of Tortured Souls: When did you get the writing bug and what made you want to be a writer?

Nick Younker: I never got the “writing bug,” per say. But I did write some prose in college and found out that I had some skills inherent to people in the industry. Honestly, I only wanted to be a news writer when I was in college and that’s what I did after I finally got my BS. But the more time I spent in the television industry, the less I liked it. So soon after I started working for Turner in Atlanta, I also began doing small projects at home. Just a short story here or a screenplay there. Eventually, my flow began taking me in the direction of prose, which is a world apart from screenwriting, and I started producing stories one after the other. I did write a novel and a few novellas but found short stories to be the most fulfilling work. They contain less filler and I write in Grunge Narrative style, so that’s extremely attractive to me.

HoTS: Who were some of your early writing influences?

NY: I’m assuming you’re asking about novelists, but I have a long list of writers that have influenced me from different mediums. In the literary industry, novelists like Bukowski, Vonnegut (both used Grunge Narrative style), Ketchum, Blatty, Irving, Larsson and Algernon Blackwood were the most attractive scribes for me.

But my influences in movies and music include Alan Ball, the Coen Brothers, Cobain, Springsteen, Vedder, Cornell, Cantrell, Jett, Hetfield, Hendrix, Morrison and most importantly, Roky Erickson. The works of these fine names have exploded my ability to think critically, fourth dimensionally, and allowed me to pursue creative works that have far surpassed my expectations.

HoTS: Why the horror genre?

NY: Why not? I have frequently been asked that by my family and friends, who do not seem to share the same love of horror that I do but never miss an opportunity to download one of my works.

Horror entertains a reader the same way drama, literary fiction, romance, sci-fi, young adult (vomit), thrillers and human-interest stories do. I don’t think anyone sits down to read a book that they already know what happens at the summit. Everyone wants to be shocked, to see some originality. I would argue that horror is the premiere genre to achieve such goals. It is much broader and the freedom to shock a reader is virtually limitless.

HoTS: Who are some of your favorite authors and books?

NY: Well, I’m not a big fan of playing favorites, but The Willows by Algernon Blackwood did for me what The Blair Witch Project did for horror movie fans. I should also add that 1984 has been a big hit in my playbook. But my all-time favorite book(s) is the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

HoTS: Have your influences changed as you’ve grown older?

NY: Not really. I rarely buy new books from mainstream authors, instead opting for indie writers who have a good following from people I know and trust. Even though I write primarily in horror, I like books that feature characters who struggle with poverty, especially poverty in the richest nation in the world. I suppose you could say that I identify with them, given my chosen “career.”

HoTS: What are some of your favorite horror movies?

NY: There’s a laundry list of those, but I will try to condense it. Let The Right One In, What We Do In The Shadows, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Rawhead Rex, Return of the Living Dead, Zombieland, An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, Candyman, Dawn of the Dead (1978), The Conjuring, Rosemary’s Baby, Demons, Demons 2, Spookies… oh shit, I got carried away.

HoTS: Tell us about some of your favorites that you have written?

NY: Out of all my stories, Don’t Bury Me is perhaps my best work to date. Although there is a special place in my heart for the others, that one really tugged at my heartstrings. I have a new one I’m working on right now that’s a passion project, titled The Birth of an American Vampire. It features a character who was turned by immaculate conception following the death of his mother and the extreme grief that left him vulnerable to the curse. He has no sire, just a victim of natural selection following a perfect storm of internal and external conflicts gone violently wrong.

HoTS: Are there any author’s quotes that keep you going?

NY: I wouldn’t say that the quotes keep me going, but there is one that I really admire from Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption:
“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” ~ Andy Dufresne as written by Stephen King.

HoTS: For young writers out there, what words do you have for them?

NY: Embrace poverty and love the poor because they’re going to be your brethren.

HoTS: Where do your ideas come from?

Nick Younker: Thick air… cause I find it hard to breathe or think, in thin air.

HoTS: When they make a film about your illustrious writing career, who do you think should play you?

Nick Younker: The late, great Chris Farley. I can’t say for certain, but I think he’d return from the grave for an opportunity like that.

HoTS: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

NY: Not really, but I would like to take this opportunity to address the rise of Grunge Narrative writing style. Writers like myself use it and I find it to be the best way to read any great short story. I wrote an article about the many different tenets of the style that you can read here.

If anyone wants to check out my works in the horror genre, you can visit my Amazon page.

You can catch up with him on Twitter (@NYounker) where he publishes over 20 smart-ass tweets and horror images every day. You can also connect with him on his website,, where he publishes articles on news in the horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy industry.

Thanks for speaking with me, Jaye! You rock girl!

And I want to thank Nick Younker so much for answering my questions and giving us such great reading material! Nick, you are an inspiration to me and my writing!