I mentioned a few blog posts ago that I’ve started up the new horror literature resource Read Horror. Since its inception into the world just shy of a month ago it has gone from strength to strength. I set this up as the definitive horror literature resource, and whilst I’d be kidding myself and everybody else if I were to claim it has become that, it is certainly starting to take shape. For those of you who have yet to jump on the Read Horror bandwagon, read on for five reasons as to why you should Read Horror.
- Be a part of a growing community whilst it’s in its infancy. Since day one, Read Horror has attracted over one hundred unique visitors per day. Given a lack of paid for publicity and a launch that consisted less of a build up and more of “WE’RE HERE!” this is a reasonable achievement, added to which it’s growing every day. Speaking of growing each day Read Horror set up a Facebook group over the Easter weekend, why not join in the fun?
- New content every day. Whether it’s reviews, news, interviews, features, previews or an introduction to one of the must-read voices in horror literature, Read Horror brings you fresh content every [working] day. Sometimes we out do ourselves and provide you updates at the weekend or on bank holidays. Take today for example, here in the UK it’s a bank holiday, but a few banks closing didn’t stop us running a quick interview with zombie hack Eric S Brown.
- Meet The Writer. The popularity of the Meet The Writer section can be attested to through the growing number of readers and writers getting in touch and requesting various writers are featured in this exciting section. Meet The Writer provides a quick, fun, introduction to new and veteran horror writers. So far we’ve heard from Adam Nevill, David Moody, Wayne Simmons, Stephen Volk, Gary McMahon and many more.
- We really care about horror. This isn’t just a resource, but a way of life. Horror runs through our veins, crimson splashes marking our path. Horror writer and journalist, Michael Wilson set this up because he wanted to reverse the mainstream trend, where literature is kicked to the kerb and the media concentrate on horror cinema. We are reversing the trend, one step at a time.
- Because the best of horror literature is the best in literature. That’s what Jonathan Oliver, Editor at Abaddon Publishing, said when interviewed in the forthcoming Scream Magazine and do you know what? He was right!
A lot has been going on in the past couple of weeks. Read Horror is now really starting to kick off, packed with a brand new feature every day. So far Read Horror has seen an array of authors step up for Meet The Writer, including Stephen Volk, BC Furtney, Gary McMahon, Wayne Simmons, David Moody and today, Craig DiLouie. It really is the place to be for fans of horror literature.
In other news I’ve updated a couple of links over at the Terrorizer journalism section here on TrepidNation. There are now live links to the Halloween Frightfest All-Nighter and Warlord UK review featured in Terrorizer.
This update is going to be a brief one. I simply wanted to direct you all towards Read Horror. A brand new website that specialises in horror literature. This exciting new website is brought to you by yours truly and in addition to Scream Magazine promises to readdress the imbalance of horror fiction coverage. In the forthcoming weeks there will be an eclectic mix of writers featured on the site from veterans to debut authors. If you want to know what’s what in horror make sure you Read Horror.
I’ve just written a review for Blackfield’s Welcome to My DNA over at Terrorizer. Check it out for yourself: Welcome to My DNA Review.
Finally for those wondering about the picture, it’s the cover to Shaun Jeffrey’s latest offering Fangtooth. A good old fashioned monster story that I’ll be previewing over at Read Horror shortly.
It’s been a while since I posted here, but not without good reason. I’ve been busy penning articles for the likes of Terrorizer, Scream and Dominion amongst other publications. I’ve been looking into designing a new website for TrepidNation but let me tell you learning CSS from scratch having not used Dreamweaver properly for a good few years is no short task. Rather than put off the inevitable any longer I’m going to make the most of WordPress whilst looking for a more permanent solution. TrepidNation will serve as both my personal blog and a resource for the more macabre and horrific elements of life!
I will be tackling the blog in a no-holds barred anything goes way (think WWE in the Attitude era before it went all PG on us)! Speaking of censorship, expect a series of interviews with horror authors to grace the blog in the forthcoming weeks. In addition to general interviews in Scream magazine I’ll be hosting subject specific interviews on this very site. I’m proud to announce director of New Terminal Hotel, author of Scarla and overall mad son-of-a-bitch BC Furtney will be talking with me about censorship, followed by Shaun Jeffrey and serial killing! So as you can see we’re keeping the subject matter light and warming up for the really dark stuff!
Apologies if the site design becomes erratic over the next week or so, as I say it will be going through somewhat of a re-haul. Fear not though, that’s not all I’m up to – I’ll be keeping busy with an Ulver gig, David Moody interview (for Scream), a handful of horror film reviews and a smattering of goth (Dominion online). There’s also the small matter of a novel – I’m hoping to reinvent the zombie genre; so no biggie then!
Keep it macabre,