Meet author Tade Thompson @tadethompson #HorrorLounge
Tell us about your latest book
The Murders of Molly Southbourne is a novella about a singular young woman. Molly was born with a condition that means each time she bleeds, a homicidal double grows. It’s existential horror or a sci-fi dark fairy tale,depending on how you view it. What would your life be like if you had to defend yourself every day?
First memory of reading horror
I read a book called Incubus by Ray Russell. I was a kid. All I remember was sex and fear. I don’t think I finished it.
For readers new to horror which 3 books would you recommend they start with?
Ugh. That’s such an individual thing, you know? Let’s see, Ghost Story by Peter Straub, Slights by Kaaron Warren, and Books of Blood by Clive Barker.
Do you have a favourite horror sub-genre, and why?
I don’t. I love all my horrors equally.
Most terrifying book you’ve ever read.
IT by Stephen King. The only book to ever give me a nightmare.
Your favourite Stephen King book.
The Stand, but the original cut, not the expanded version in shops now.
Your favourite horror film (adapted from a book) & why?
Hellraiser (from Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker) because it’s so twisted and imaginative at the same time. I’ve watched it many times and read the anthology comics. Despite the budget of the film, it’s got a high re-watch factor.
Horror book that you’d like to see adapted to film & why?
Ghost Story by Peter Straub, because it’s one of the best horror novels ever written, in my opinion.
Best horror TV?
Tie between Hammer House of Horror and American Horror Story (Season 1).
Also, Stranger Things.
Did you write in other genres or straight to horror?
I don’t set out to write one genre or the other. I start with an idea and characters, then follow the conceit wherever it goes. In revision, it becomes clear which genre will claim it. I’ve written crime, sci-fi, memoir, etc.
Tell us about your fans
I have fans? Nobody told me. Is there cake too?
Horror doesn’t seem to be as well respected as other genres of fiction. Why do you think that is?
I think sometimes people think putting genre down or turning their nose up at it makes them seem more...intellectual? Classy? I don’t know. I mean, we’re talking about such a heterogenous group (those who secretly read/watch it, those who have never read a horror book but purport to know about it and so on).
I don’t bother myself trying to figure such people out. I read and watch everything.
Do you think horror is ready for a renaissance?
We’re IN the renaissance now. We’re in the world of IT FOLLOWS, XX, A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT, GET OUT, HUSH, RAW (please, everybody, go out and buy RAW. It’s unforgettable), ENEMY.
Do you believe in evil?
What scares you?
My loved ones coming to harm and being helpless to prevent it.