Salem’s Lot – the beginning of the beginning
January 16, 2012
My next YA book is due for release in May and contains a suggestion of ghostly elements. There was a trace of ghostliness in my last book Six and I’ve been wondering how this element has snuck into my writing.
When I’m writing I think about my implied reader. I try to imagine myself as that 13 or 15 or 17 year old reader. When I was supposed to be reading Chaucer for English Lit in Year 12 I found a black bound book with an embossed face and a single red drop of blood in the library. This is the book that started my fascination with ghost and horror stories. And so I return to this genre as a writer. There is no overt ‘horror’ or even ‘ghostliness’ in any of my stories. Yet.
Just wanted to say, thanks Stephen.