I interviewed Nev Murray, proprietor of the awesome site Confessions of a Reviewer at The Slaughtered Bird:
What’s your favorite type of horror? Do you have a least favorite?
What I really like depends on my mood a lot of the time. With reading so many books, it can get a bit monotonous if the plot seems to be more or less the same as one I have recently read so I tend to vary the type a lot. I don’t like extreme horror, the ones with the black covers especially. I don’t think it takes a lot of writing skill to create something that is so extreme it is perverse. I think it is more beneficial, and scary, for the reader to be teased to a point where their own imagination takes over and fills in the blanks. I also despise sex in horror books. If I was in a position where I knew there was something outside my house that was coming for me, the last thing I would think of is getting jiggy with my wife. I’d be running for the hills.
My favourite? Easy. I am a sucker for Victorian and Edwardian horror. William Hope Hodgson is a hero of mine. His Carnacki stories are just amazing. He was a writer that was way before his time. If he were about today, he would be a bestseller all over the world.
Many have tried to copy his style and many have failed. Those that nail it would be the likes of William Meikle and Jack Rollins. When it is written right, it is immense. It’s the whole idea of not having technological advances to defeat the evil that gets me. I love it.
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