"No one is shocked by the statement that horror means different things to different people. In fact, some might even consider that statement as common knowledge. A boring set of words, like laws or facts. Yet, for authors, such a statement is all but boring. It’s a source of fear and annoyance."
Date of Publication: March 21st, 2015
Nine years have passed since the tragic and mysterious deaths of Mr. Phillips and his daughter. A new clue surfaces, one which the lead investigator will follow to the brink of insanity.
The horrors of writing horror
by Robin Heggelund Hansen
No one is shocked by the statement that horror means different things to different people. In fact, some might even consider that statement as common knowledge. A boring set of words, like laws or facts. Yet, for authors, such a statement is all but boring. It’s a source of fear and annoyance.
As a writer, my greatest fear is pouring myself into a project that for most people means nothing. Something that is easy enough to follow, but forgotten by the time you put it down. This is in part what makes writing so interesting, yet so dreadful. The best thing you can hope for is that you manage to write something that excites yourself, and that there are others out there who share your taste.
So what does horror mean to me? What sort of stories troubles my sleep and gets stuck in the back of my brain? One of the first horror stories to have made any real impact on me was "The Lurking Fear" by H.P. Lovecraft. In it, a monster hunter travels to Tempest Mountain to investigate reports of what the locals call: the lurking fear. Without spoiling too much, the monster appears to leave a trail of bodies in its wake, without ever being seen. It seemingly has the power to appear from anywhere, and the only warning you have is that of thunder. When the hunter later on finally catches a glimpse of the monster, he finds himself trapped beneath the ground, powerless to prevent the death he believes is coming.
Now, whenever I hear thunder I remember the lurking fear. A creature that moves about unseen, and so fast it can be at your throat before you sense anything out of the ordinary, tearing you to shreds while you are powerless to stop it.
I also keep the tale in mind while writing my own stories, trying to recreate the feelings I first got when I read the story. In Beneath I’ve created a world where such creatures can exist: Eldritch City. I’ve also dropped the idea of a monster hunter, focusing instead on having extraordinary events happen to regular people. Hopefully, I have created something that will prove my fears of mediocrity to be unfounded.
About the author:
Robin was born on a cold winter night in Oslo, Norway, 1989. Growing up, he was always fond of telling stories, leading people to wonder when, not if, he would move on to writing stories of his own. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, he wrote his first short story, 'Beneath', in 2015.