Blurring The Line is the new anthology of horror fiction and non-fiction, edited by award-winning editor Marty Young, published by Cohesion Press. You can get your copy here or anywhere you normally buy books (the print edition is coming any day now).
To help people learn a bit more about it, I’ve arranged for each fiction contributor to answer the same five questions, and I’ll be running these mini interviews every weekday now that the book is available. (And yes, I have a story in it, so I’ll be interviewing myself too!)
The movie of his story Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage, is out now, and other projects in development include Playtime (an original script with Stephen Volk), My Haunted House with Gravy Media, The Hunt, Exorcising Angels (based on a novella with Simon Clark), and a TV Series proposal of The Silence.
Find out more about Tim at his website www.timlebbon.net
1. What was the inspiration/motivation behind your story in Blurring The Line?
I’ve always wanted to write a story about spooky clowns moving in next door. And that’s it. Sometimes a story’s inspiration is something deep, a driving need to explore a certain event or feeling. For me it was just the clowns. Scary buggers.
Real horror hits the head and heart, not the gut. Stuff that sets out purely to disgust or sicken isn’t really horror, although gore and nastiness can have a place in a good horror story or movie – The Thing is one of the best horror stories ever made, I think, because the bloody body horror serves to increase the intense sense of isolation and claustrophobia. The ultimate horror for me as a father is family in peril, and that’s what I write about a lot of the time, to a greater or lesser degree.
3. What’s a horror short story that you think everyone should read?
“The Whimper of Whipped Dogs” by Harlan Ellison. Shocked and upset me the first time I read it, and it still does now.
4. What horror novel should everyone read?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Truly painful and disturbing to read, and the movie was also excellent.
5. Name something that you think just might be real, or might not…
Ghosts. I’ve seen no evidence, though I have an open mind. I think if they can be said to exist, ghosts are probably products of the mind – aspects we haven’t been able to pin down scientifically yet – rather than revenants of the dead.
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