Meet author A.M. Shine @amshinewriter #horrorlounge
Tell us about your latest book
A collection of gothic tales set in contemporary times entitled “Modern Gothic”.
First memory of reading horror
My older brother’s tattered copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s “Omnibus 3: The Haunter of the Dark” began my lifelong love affair with the horror genre. I still have it to this day, and there’s very little chance that he’s ever going to get it back. “The Outsider”, the opening tale in the collection, remains one of the best that I’ve ever read. At just over 2,500 words, it’s a master class in short story-telling.
Which 3 horror books do you keep returning to?
Lovecraft’s “Necronomicon”, Poe’s “Popular Tales” (a nineteenth century edition containing his complete works that is as much a part of me as the very bones in my body), and a 1970 edition of Stoker’s “Dracula” with a marvellous, hammy cover.
For readers new to horror which 3 books would you recommend?
“The turn of the screw” by Henry James, and Robert Louis Stevenon’s “Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” are short, wonderful novellas that are perfect for those new to the genre. For something longer, then “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley is a must read. The book is simply a masterpiece.
Who do you consider the King and Queen of horror fiction?
I believe that Edgar Allan Poe and Edith Wharton could reign quite happily together. Well, happy or not, they would have my full support.
Greatest horror film (adapted from a book) & why?
Hammer’s 1958 “Dracula”, because watching Peter Cushing race atop a table and leap into a curtain never gets old.
Horror book that you’d like to see adapted to film & why?
Guillermo Del Toro was planning to adapt “The Mountains of Madness” to the big screen. One of my favourite directors coupled with one of Lovecraft’s best stories sounds good to me.
Did you write in other genres or straight to horror?
I have always written horror, and when I have – for reasons unknown – delved into other, brighter genres I have always scurried back into shadows, where I belong.
Tell us briefly about your route to being published
There were a lot of corners.
Tell us about your fans
They’re a wonderfully strange bunch, and I love them dearly.
Horror doesn’t seem to be as well respected as other genres of fiction. Why do you think that is?
Do you think horror is ready for a renaissance?
I certainly hope so. Horror movies are enjoying a rare spell of popularity, and this might encourage more people to delve into books that they would otherwise overlook. Literature had always been the genre’s definitive medium. Let the renaissance begin.
Tips for new writers of horror fiction.
With clever misdirection the reader will never see it coming.
Do you believe in evil?
I don’t think I would be a horror writer if I didn’t.
What scares you?
Do you celebrate Halloween?
Yes, every day.