I grew up reading Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, and I still adore them. Some day their language is overblown, but I love how their lavish descriptions overwhelm me. Their stories are more horrifying for how they make me feel crushed beneath moldering walls and surrounded by alien angles. Something monstrous is usually threatening to overtake their narrators, and I hold my breath waiting for it to come.
When I see old buildings, their windows covered, my mind runs with the possibilities of what could be lurking behind them. The buildings may be abandoned, but somehow they don’t seem empty. I want to see the curtain twitch. I want to see a shadow move behind them.
One of the presentations by Sidney Williams at the Florida Writers Conference was on quiet horror, those stories with a feeling of creeping terror. It’s the form of horror fiction that I love to write (and read). I want a reader to sense something is off, something wrong is happening. They’ll sense something is waiting for them to come closer, but they won’t be able to identify it in time. The unknown, the inability to escape, will make it even scarier.