Meet author Leslie S. Klinger @lklinger #HorrorLounge

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Leslie S. Klinger

Tell us about your latest book

The New Annotated Frankenstein
By Mary Shelley, Leslie S. Klinger, Guillermo Del Toro, Anne K. Mellor

The New Annotated Frankenstein” is the complete 1818 edition of the novel with 1,000 footnotes and over 200 illustrations added. The notes compare the 1831 and 1825 texts to the 1818 text and add social and cultural contextual information.

 

First memory of reading horror

I read “Dracula” in college and contrary to my expectations, it was incredibly scary!

 

For readers new to horror which 3 books would you recommend they start with?

Dracula

Frankenstein

H. P. Lovecraft‘ s work

 

Your favourite Stephen King book.

1963

 

Who do you consider the King and Queen of horror fiction?

Stephen King and Caitlin Kiernan

 

Your favourite horror film (adapted from a book) & why?

John Carpenter’s “The Thing” scared the heck out of me with the unexpected shape-changing

 

Horror book that you’d like to see adapted to film & why?

At the Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft—a great story if told as written

 

Best horror TV?

Stranger Things

 

Did you write in other genres or straight to horror?

Yes, mystery genre

 

Tell us briefly about your route to being published

I was a lifelong Sherlockian and decided to re-annotate the SH stories. I showed them to some friends, and a small press approached me about publishing my work. This lead to a major publisher (W. W. Norton) calling me to ask if I’d edit “The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.” Once that was complete, I just kept writing!

 

Tell us about your fans

Intelligent readers who want an enhanced experience of great books.

 

Horror doesn’t seem to be as well respected as other genres of fiction. Why do you think that is?

Many readers conflate horror fiction with slasher films. I hope they will discover the high-quality, intelligent writing out there.

 

Do you think horror is ready for a renaissance?

It’s already started!

 

Tips for new writers of horror fiction.

Write things that you’d want to read!

 

Do you believe in evil?

No

 

What scares you?

Boredom

 

3 most scary words in English language?

I hate you

 

Where can readers find you?  

Twitter

Website  

 

 


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