The veil between our world and the world of shadows grows thin at this time of the year. The moon seems to be bigger and shines with an eerie light; the nights grow longer, and the chill in the air deepens… Halloween is upon us!
Demonic possession is one of the most common horror tropes out there. Everyone, even non-horror fans know the film version of The Exorcist, and horror fans have read and seen countless of variations since.
Danny lost a little more hope that his wish would come true every night, but he wasn’t ready to give up yet. He repeated his mantra until he fell asleep, or his mouth became too dry to continue. If the adults had heard him, they would’ve tried to explain that wishing was futile, and that he had to move on and learn to live life the way it was. Danny would have none of it. He still believed in magic.
S KovaxMR OWL THE MIGHTY – EXCERPT FROM THE UNINVITED WORDS VOL 3
I think diary entries and letters are great ways to tell a scary story. They are the found footage of literature. There is something terrifying in them because of their closeness to reality, their intimacy to the person who wrote them. The possibility that the events happened transpires a timeless terror: a revelation of a terrible secret, something hidden in our world. What is horror fiction about if not this?
Starry Nights is a dividing story of mine. Some readers love it, others hate it. The truth is, I loved working on it just as much as I enjoyed working on my more appreciated books. And if I enjoyed working on it, the story is already a success to me, no matter how it is received. Of course, I would love it if every reader liked it as much as I liked writing it, but this is impossible.
When I first read Clive Barker’s Books of Blood—only a few years ago, relatively late, but I always say that books don’t have an expiry date—the opening story that served as a setup for the rest totally blew me away.
Originally, I wrote an author’s preface to the Uninvited Words Volume 1. It didn’t appear in the final copy because I thought it was a little pretentious to include it in a debut short story collection. But while I was going through my files, I stumbled upon it, and I still liked it, so I thought I’d publish it here.
S KovaxTHE UNINVITED WORDS VOL 1 – AUTHOR’S PREFACE
‘Bad memories never died. They only blurred, became smooth and heavy and not so spiky and sharp.’
Adam Nevill is one of my favourite ‘new’ authors. Although he has been publishing horror novels for over 15 years now, I came across his most famous piece, The Ritual, only a couple of years ago. I’ve read most of his stuff since, and he never disappoints.