Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spooky Reads Editor Interview - Lee Harris

"Stephen Jones, in his prologue to ‘A Book of Horrors’ depicts a genre tainted with horror-lite. Given the Thomas Usher books you’ve published, this obviously doesn’t apply to AR specifically, but would you agree or disagree with his statement? And is the world really worse off for this?

Hang on – before I answer this I’m going downstairs to pick up my copy so I can read it, first. Back in a mo…

Ok, I’m back. I think you’re misinterpreting what Stephen said, there. He mentions that we’re living in a world that’s ‘horror-lite’, and that this (truly awful phrase) is aimed at the dark fantasy end of the market, but he states quite clearly that readers of horror-lite aren’t horror readers. They’re not the sort of people who like to be scared, or disturbed; they’re not readers of traditional horror.

Good horror is still being written. In the Angry Robot stable (we keep all our authors in stables, you know) we have Gary McMahon, Kaaron Warren and J Robert King, but there are plenty of others still active in the genre – Adam Nevill, our lord Ramsey Campbell, Alison Littlewood to name but a few."

3.5 out of 5