Meet author Simon Cheshire @Frankenwriter #HorrorLounge
Tell us about your latest book
“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.