This useful interview with ex journalist turned YA author plus horror writer Jay Raven aka Iain Pattinson appeared on Horror Scribes site and if full of nuggets of good advice for writing horror. I met Iain at a writing workshop he ran at Cleckheaton Library a few years ago- and I’ve kept his notes, he gave a great workshop.
Jay Raven’s Crimson Siege is the first book in his 19th century vampire hunter series Blood Riders
Tell us a bit about you and your writing.
I’m originally from Glasgow, but now live in Birmingham – in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood teeming with bats. Despite being a fiction writer for some 20 years I only switched to horror and dark fantasy just over five years ago – and that was by accident.
Canadian small press Absolute Xpress were bringing out a flash fiction anthology Creatures of the Night, and as a prolific short story writer I thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if I could reinvent classic Hammer Horror monsters.
I submitted a vampire tale and a werewolf story, and to my surprise they took both – and asked if I had similar stories for other horror anthologies they…
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