In honor of Coffin Hop 2012, I’m hosting a guest post from Horror Author and Pen of the Damned member Adriana Noir, who has graciously offered to give away a signed copy of her new novel, Requiem, to one lucky winner! Details are at the bottom ;}
Horror Author Adriana Noir talks about why she writes horror.
I think it’s a common question so many of us face. As if there’s something better we could be doing with our time, or something more productive. I hate that mindset. I really do. Blood, terror, angst, and your worst nightmares come to life aren’t for everyone…but for the select crowd it appeals to, it resonates hard.
It’s a diverse crowd, a fun crowd, and probably some of the most fun and down-to-earth people you could ever hope to meet. Whether you’re a writer or a reader, fans of the genre come together in ways that almost feel like family.
I’ve gotten a lot of comments over the years ranging from speculation about whatever brutal childhood traumas I must have endured to be able to write such dark and horrific things, to people telling me they would pray for my soul because I was in obvious need of salvation. *blinks* Let’s back that up a bit oh judgmental ones. While I might not be some sadistic serial killer waiting to slaughter you in your sleep or some demonic spirit intent on draining your soul of its precious light, those sorts of comments only give me fuel! Guess who now ends up being fodder for these types of things in my next book?
I never claimed to be a saint.
So why horror? That is the proverbial question and probably the most difficult for me to answer. I’m not sure why I write the things I do. I guess I wasn’t blessed with the cheerful, smiling, everything is right as rain in the world outlook some people seem to have. They forgot to hand me those blinders at birth. Even when I sit down with the intentions of writing a “feel good” story, it seldom turns out that way. Something else takes over. Sometimes even I don’t want to write the things tumbling through my head, but I have no choice. I’m a firm believer that each and every thought, concept, or image we see as writers is given to us for a reason. It’s our job—our duty—to expound upon them and explore to the best of our ability.
Maybe it is a way to purge the secret fears that haunt the shadowed recesses of my soul, the side that stays hidden from the world until it is time to write. Or maybe I’m just warped. Who knows?
I’m not a cruel or evil person by nature. (most of the time) I love, laugh, and relish the little things in life just as much as anyone else. I hate to see people suffer, but it becomes necessary in fiction. Especially in mine. (uhm…truth be told, sometimes I do enjoy that!)
Whatever the reasons, darkness and horror are my lot to carry in life. They’ve taught me that without the shadows, the light wouldn’t seem nearly as brilliant. Without knowing sorrow, we can never understand the full depths of happiness. Without terror, we can never truly appreciate the comfort of safety. Exploring these aspects doesn’t make me a bad person—just bold. I’m not afraid to throw them in your face in a blatant reminder to appreciate the good things in life while you have them. My work as a writer does serve a purpose, even if it is just to highlight the sunshine and rainbows on the other side of the fence.
And yes…I have it on good authority that the dark side does, indeed, offer cookies. Seir says to try them. They taste good.
Requiem by Adriana Noir
After economic ruin drives the world to its knees, darkness and evil
reign supreme. From this darkness a group of banished angels, known
as the Fallen, rise and roam free–hellbent on destroying humanity
once and for all.
Seir is unsympathetic to the plight of mortals. Thousands of years on
Earth have left him bitter, sarcastic, and jaded, but when a
mysterious woman seeks his help, he’s unwittingly thrust into what
could become the end game between the Darkness and the Light. Within
Ava lies an important key–one this fallen angel must protect in order
to survive and his comrades will stop at nothing to erase.
To make matters worse his former brothers are starting to descend, and
some of them are none too happy with the choices he’s made. As angelic
and demonic forces begin to clash in a struggle for control, the
world’s fate hangs precariously in the balance.
The time has come. The battle for our souls has begun…
WIN A FREE COPY!
In honor of Coffin Hop 2012, Adriana has been gracious enough to offer a signed copy of her book to one lucky winner who comments below. You can even just say hi if that’s all you want to do! 🙂