Ah...the bleeding dark...

This is my brain on darkness. Any questions?

The dark n' lovely Lolly Jane Blue, without the perm. C/o Caitlin R. Kiernan's blog.

Wait, you do have questions? Okay, I'll post the two I get the most:

Why do you write horror? How can you read that stuff?

1. I write horror because it makes me a better person, a better mother, a better fatalist, a better dreamer, a better thinker, a better jogger, a better fighter, a better fear-er, and a more wicked wife (trust me on that one, folks. My hubs, The Great Kevinsky, lays down with darkness every night. Makes him a better optimist).

2. I read horror because it sings to me. It lulls me deep when I sink into its smoky bed linens, curls my lips into a smile when it telegraphs its bleeding radio show into the glowing filigree of my brain synapses. It's like electricity, with more shudder.

What sings to you?


Alesa Warcan | September 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Stories that go beyond reality one way or another sing to me. That isn't limited to any genre.

Well said! I am totally cheering for your assertion of horror appreciation!

Zoe C. Courtman | September 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Ah, reality-bending indeed. Me, too! MAN we're gonna have a lot to chat about next month!!

Roland D. Yeomans | September 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Wow. When I walk down through dark, menacing places, I never find beautiful, singing women. I must be doing something wrong. LOL.

I write horror and strange adventures because it allows me to talk of facets of human nature in interesting ways.

Dreams sing. Nightmares haunt. One melody so often changes to the other in life. The dark, the fantastic, the horrific awakens us out of the stupor day-to-day living has numbed us into.

Fascinating post as always. Roland

Alesa Warcan | September 3, 2010 at 12:12 PM

If we manage to meet, though I do hope it works out.
Was my suggested meeting point was ok for you? : j

Also, have you seen this?
I commented on your blog about it a while back, as far I know it the comment got lost in the shuffle. : j

Angie Ledbetter | September 3, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Visiting from KarenG's bbq. Nice blog, even if it "skeert" me a little. LOL.

What sings to me are my Sharpies, when I'm making new VisPo creations.

KarenG | September 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM

It's awesome that you know exactly what genre sings to you. Well put. Writing sings to me, it's my passion, and I can't NOT write.

Nicki Elson | September 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Ooh-hoo-hoo, just your description of why reading horror sings to you gave me the chills. Hmm, what sings to me...naked, raw, there's-nowhere-to-run-and-hide-from-it, human emotion.

Vegetarian Cannibal | September 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I thought the white stuff looked like cotton candy. When she grew the little hat she looked an awful lot like Super Mario in "Cloud" form:


:D I write horror because it soothes the homicidal/misanthropic monster inside me. When I get really mad and want to go postal, I can just write a story where everyone gets shot up without actually having to do it. I don't wanna go to jail, lol. So horror is the next best thing.

Kate | September 3, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Aha - the first horror writer I've stumbled onto at this BBQ!

Janna Qualman | September 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Spooky video! Haunting and beautiful, too.

I can absolutely understand where you're coming from. I'm the same way with the hard truths and difficulties I write/read in women's fiction. Life. Getting deep and thick into the hard stuff(in your case, horrific) makes us understand more about ourselves and others, kind of cleans our slate and clears away the cobwebs.

Thanks for visiting my blog today! It's nice to connect, Zoe. :)

Carolyn V. | September 3, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Yay! I'm so glad you told us why you write horror. I just finished reading a chapter of a new ya horror book and I can't wait to get the rest! I think I love the action.

Laura Kaye | September 3, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I lurves me some horror too, and was reading Stephen King already as a young teenager. Great post. Visiting from the BBQ, and following!

divaluxe | September 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM

What sings to me is the juxtaposition and clashing of perceived realities which forces questions of the true nature of reality. The movie, "Inception", is a perfect example of what stirs my juices.

Thanks for asking. And I'm so glad you found your song and your voice. I love watching you sing.


Vicki Rocho | September 3, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Dang it. I haven't been here for awhile. Sorry about that.

I used to LOVE horror as a teen. Not the real gory stuff, I just liked being scared. Then I had kids and I feel so vulnerable now I can't take the tension anymore so now humor sings to me. The light and fluffy, the clever and witty. That's where I'm at nowadays.

Liz | September 3, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Hey, I think you might know my friend Eileen (aka "Speak Coffee"). Stopping by for the BBQ and love your blog!

I am very much into horror and have a deep respect for the genre. Although, I tend to steer more towards dark fantasy most of the time.

Stina Lindenblatt | September 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Dark chocolate. :D

I'm with Vicki, I used to LOVE horror as a teen.

DJ Kirkby | September 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Hi, I've come overf rom Karen's BBQ looking for that short bread you promised :) Nice to meet you!

Anonymous | September 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I appreciate dark fiction. You don't really know a character until you've experienced horror through their eyes...

Alleged Author | September 5, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I'm glad you write horror because I love reading good horror! I write children's lit because I am surrounded by them for 8 hours a day...lol!

Kristopher and Crew | September 7, 2010 at 7:05 PM

EXCELLENT post, Zoe!

I love the video. I've never heard of the singer, but now I must have it.

And your reasons are profound, creative and totally kick ass. Horror speaks to everyone on some level, the lucky ones are those that revel in the words it whispers.

Check In To The ROUS Motel!

Elana Johnson | September 9, 2010 at 2:23 PM

You know, I really like reading horror (not watching, that's scary) but reading. I just can't write something so scary. It comes out more comical.

So yay you!

We should always write what sings to us. For me, it's young adult. Pretty much anything, as long as it's a teenager.

Hannah Kincade | September 10, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Well, you know I'm a horror writer as well so...HORROR! LOL!

I'm fascinated with the psyche and human mind. It's amazing what situations you can overcome when you break past that paralyzing barrier of fear.

And it just makes me want to curl under covers and read with a flashlight while a storm is rumbling outside and a fire is roaring inside.

Yay horror!

Zoe C. Courtman | September 10, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Thanks, guys, for your comments!! I know I don't post regularly, but my time management suckage has reached epidemic proportions :D So thanks for always coming back when I do have something new to talk about. GROUP HUG!!

Alesa Warcan | September 10, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Of course we come back, you're just that cool and horrorful (yes horrorful, and no that isn't in the dictionarry). : j

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