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The books that scare horror authors

From The Guardian

Anne Rice: ‘I have not, to this day, read Dracula in its entirety’

Two scenes come to mind immediately. As a child I tried to read the original Dracula but a scene in the early pages with the vampires absolutely horrified me: where the count drives his vampire brides away from the helpless mortal, Jonathan Harker. It’s then that a sack is revealed and inside it a wailing, half-smothered child, which the count gives to these vampire women. This so scared, so shocked, so horrified me, that I abandoned the book and took it back to the library. I have not, to this day, read Dracula in its entirety.

The second was in Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, when Matt overhears his overnight guest Mike say to someone, “Yes. Come in,” in the upstairs bedroom. And then Matt hears the sound of the window hasp being turned and the sound of the window opening. Now, this is an upstairs window. Matt knows a vampire has entered the house via the window and by invitation from Mike. He’s is obviously terrified. And so was I.

Ramsey Campbell: ‘Adam Nevill is among MR James’s living inheritors’

MR James immediately comes to mind - the bag that puts its arms around your neck in the dark, the mouth that waits for you to find it under your pillow, the dog whose head you pat only to realise that it has a human face that shouldn’t be alive. In refining the tale of supernatural horror to its essence, James increased the terror, and among his living inheritors is Adam Nevill, who is at least equally committed to intensity of dread. The entire first section of his novel No One Gets Out Alive feels like a nightmare that grows ever more relentless, from which we may never waken, and that’s my choice for sheer unrelieved fear.

Sarah Pinborough: ‘Vampire fiction was responsible for me not opening a window at night until I was about 25’

The scene that springs to mind for me is from Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. Vampires are like sharks for me – equally fascinating and terrifying, despite the fact that, in reality, neither is likely to bite me. But still, vampire fiction was responsible for me not opening a window at night until I was about 25, and this scene still frightens me if I’m awake at night. It is when young and very dead Danny Glick turns up at his friend Mark Petrie’s second floor window, tapping on the glass and asking to be let inside, his skin pale and teeth long and sharp. And now I’ve brought that back up in my memory, I’ll be sleeping with the hall light on tonight!

Sarah Lotz: ‘It is guaranteed to put kids off of Barbies for life’

With their painted mouths and uncanny valley eyes, porcelain dolls have always creeped me out, but after reading Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge, they are now firmly in the “Oh God, no” category alongside clowns-in-drains, Arctic ghosts and mysterious whistles on deserted east coast beaches. A deliciously twisty spin on a changeling story, Cuckoo Song is aimed at young readers. But thanks to Hardinge’s extraordinary gift for atmospheric storytelling, it scared the crap out of this fortysomething – most notably when the troubled protagonist’s dolls come to life and start screaming. Yes, screaming. Here’s a taster: “Its glass eyes seemed to come into proper focus, and then the doll flinched and started to shake. Its mouth fell open, emitting a low, eerie mewl …”

Andrew Michael Hurley: ‘Two friends losing their way on a lonely stretch of canal is unsettling enough’

For me, one of the most disquieting scenes is in Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Three Miles Up. The premise of two friends losing their way on a lonely stretch of canal is unsettling enough, but it’s the more subtle moments of eeriness that give the story its power. The deeper Clifford and John guide the narrowboat into the wilderness, the further they drift from reality. They find a strange girl sleeping on the banks and take her aboard; the cottages by the towpath disappear overnight; the elderly man with the scythe who gives them directions to the village “three miles up” they meet again further along as a little boy.

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FX's American Horror Story ends after its 10th season. Or does it?

From OUT on November 15:

Now that American Horror Story: 1984 has concluded, Ryan Murphy is looking toward the future of the anthology series, but that future might be shorter than expected. Murphy revealed that the 10th season of the show could be the last.

Murphy is still “keeping mum” on next season’s theme but is hoping to bring some of the show’s most beloved stars back. “We’re working on an idea for season 10 that I think people will love because it’s about reuniting fan-favorite actors to come back — because it might be our last season,” Murphy said, clarifying that the 10th season is the last the show is contracted for. 

The producer has been “quietly reaching out to various people,” and so far all of them have said yes. He says it’s “too soon to tell” if Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, or Jessica Lange will return, but that “the people who helped build this show into what it is, who believed in it from the beginning, have been contacted and are interested.”

“So if you look at the iconography of the first three seasons, you can figure who I’ve gone to and who might be coming back,” he added.

Fans have speculated the upcoming season of AHS could be set in space, harkening back to the alien subplot in Asylum, and Murphy acknowledged that it’s been considered. 

“We flirted with aliens, we flirted with space, we flirted with some things that were more interesting than others,” he said. “I think that at the heart of it, it’s always about Americana. It would be hard to do something like that idea you mention, not that I wouldn’t. The fans write in what they want, and they’re very excited about the Coven stuff and the aliens in season 2. They’ve always wanted something in space.” 

But channeling horror classics like Alien “would be hard because it’s called American Horror Story and you’d have to stay within the legal soil limits in order to make that work.”

Will Season 10 actually be the end ofAmerican Horror Story? Murphy also said in the interview that Season Nine has been their most popular yet, and that the show’s audience continues to grow thanks to YouTube, so a renewal seems likely. It also might be good to end on a high note rather than having the audience sour on the show. 

“It’s about reuniting fan-favorite actors to come back,” explained Ryan Murphy, “because it might be our last season.”

But VARIETY offered a different scenerio of hope for American Horror Story:

Though “American Horror Story” has been predicted to end after the conclusion of its tenth season, Murphy teased that there could be much more “AHS” to come. “The tenth is the last season that’s ordered but John and I said around Season 5, this is something that is so beloved that maybe it could keep on going,” Murphy told Variety. “And now in its ninth season, in terms of worldwide…it’s one of the most popular shows in the world, so I will continue to have an appetite to do it as long as John wants to do it. So, we have been talking about should we end it? Or should we keep moving forward? But I hope we can move forward.”

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StokerCon™ 2020

HWA is very happy to announce that StokerCon™ 2020 will be held April 16-19, 2020, at the historic Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, U.K. For the first time, HWA's annual gathering will be held outside of the U.S., but will continue to incorporate such popular StokerCon programming as Horror University, the Final Frame Short Film Competition, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, and the presentation of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®. HWA's President Lisa Morton noted, "HWA is committed to celebrating horror around the world, so I'm especially pleased that our fifth annual StokerCon will be held in the U.K., where we have such a committed, strong chapter."

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In April 2020 StokerCon™, one of the world’s most prestigious horror events, comes to the UK. For the first time, the Horror Writers Association's annual gathering will be held outside of the U.S., but will continue to incorporate such popular StokerCon programming as Horror University, the Final Frame Short Film Competition, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, and the presentation of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards®. HWA’s President Lisa Morton noted, “HWA is committed to celebrating horror around the world, so I’m especially pleased that our fifth annual StokerCon will be held in the U.K., where we have such a committed, strong chapter.” Over four days StokerCon UK will be welcoming an array of some of the world’s best dark fiction authors, publishers and speakers for a packed weekend of panels, readings, workshops, book launches and much more. Taking place in Scarborough, just down the coast from Whitby – the town that provided so much of the inspiration for Stoker’s iconic Dracula – this is an event not to be missed for writers and readers of horror fiction.

MICK GARRIS 

STOKERCON UK—the Horror Writers Association’s fifth annual celebration of horror and dark fantasy in creative media and the first to be held outside of North America—is delighted to welcome award-winning American film-maker MICK GARRIS as its latest Guest of Honour.

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