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Flesh and Blood (Red Eye)
By Simon Cheshire

Flesh & Blood” is about a teenager who moves to an up-market town, and discovers that his new neighbours – upstanding pillars of the local community – are up to something very, very nasty indeed...

 

First memory of reading horror

1971, under the covers at night, a book called “Haunted Houses” by Aiden Chambers. Frightened the life out of me – I’ve been one of the undead ever since!

 

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

I’d say start with some short stories – maybe Stephen King’s “Night Shift”, any collection of stories by H.P. Lovecraft and any recent “Best New Horror” anthology.

 

Do you have a favourite horror sub-genre, and why?

A lot of my favourites tend to fall into the middle section of a horror / SF venn diagram - “science horror”?

 

Most terrifying book you’ve ever read.

A non-fiction book published this year: “Unacknowledged” by Steven Greer, about government cover-ups of technology and alien contact. Whether you believe a word of it or not, it’s utterly unnerving.

 

New horror authors you’d recommend.

Alex Bell – her YA novels “Frozen Charlotte” and its prequel “Charlotte Says” are seriously chilling.

 

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

Either James Whale’s 1931 “Frankenstein” or John Carpenter’s “The Thing” based on a novella by John W Campbell. Both manage to capture that sense of ‘otherness’ that makes the original stories so creepy.

 

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

Nobody’s ever adapted Lovecraft successfully, despite a number of tries. Even “Re-animator,” which is brilliant, is only a very loose interpretation.

 

Best horror TV?

Without a doubt, the ‘79 TV version of “Salem’s Lot” by Tobe Hooper. Or possibly the last couple of years on the news channel.

 

Did you write in other genres or straight to horror?

“Flesh & Blood” is actually my first out-and-out horror story. All my work to date has been children’s fiction and non-fiction. I’m continuing with that, but I’m also working on more horror and SF for grown-ups.

 

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

I think there’s a (slowly) growing realisation that genre fiction of all kinds can and does tackle exactly the same themes as the ‘literary’ stuff. It does the job in very different ways, that’s all.

 

Do you believe in evil?

Absolutely. It doesn’t turn up in the form of monsters and demons, of course, it generally wears a suit and tie.

 

What scares you?

Snakes. End of. They’ve got such nasty faces.

 

Where can readers find you? 

Twitter  

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Website


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