Today I’m on the sofa with Nathan Rowark of Horrified Press, who recently took 1st and 2nd place in this year’s P&E Reader’s Poll. Read about it on Horrified Press’s website here
What exactly is Horrified Press, and what do you do
That’s a good question, Merita. What is Horrified Press and what do I do…
Horrified Press is a small press, lovely fun – all warm and cuddly – but what’s this? Arggghhhh… there’s monsters and zombies and undead harlots and gooey, sticky, gory stuff. That’s right, we’re a small horror press that release scary stories – anthologies mostly – to keep you up at night.
What do I do? I’m just like the ringleader. I make sure the monsters don’t eat the readers and the authors keep their ghastly creations on literal leashes.
When did Horrified Press come into being, and how did that happen? Was it a definite choice or did it just happen?
I’ve always loved horror – from movies, literature to video games. It’s in our culture – from the front page of the newspaper that you read over breakfast to the haunted mansion in your kids’ Atari game. Well, maybe we’ve moved on from Atari games now. I started Horrified Press as a label to release my own work to begin with. It went really well and I realised I could be doing this for others. There are many authors out there who would like free editing and advice going forward. After 4 years of proving my own metal I took it upon myself to help more authors do the same. Plus, we publish some great work from semi-pro and established writers too.
From where you are now, where would you like to take Horrified Press into the future? What are your dreams for it?
We’ve taken on some great guest editors and started a new imprint. My hope is that we can take it all the way.
What advice would you give to authors wishing to write horror? What makes a good horror story?
A good story – period. Grammar, style and substance can be learnt/discovered over time. If your stories suck then you could be the best writer in the world and still fail to impress an audience.
Who are your favourite authors, and why?
I enjoy Barker for his poetic verse and King for his sound writing style.
If you could oversee the making of a horror movie, with total control over the process, what would the storyline be?
I’d take a short story I wrote around 3 years ago and expand on its premise.
Do you think there are any areas that are taboo in horror writing, or are you an ‘anything goes’ person?
Anything goes. If you’re trying to scare people but worry about frightening them… it’s never going to work out.
I’ve heard people say that those who like horror must be strange or weird in some way. Do you agree with this?
Totally disagree. It’s the people that seemingly appear normal on the outside that are cutting up their neighbors behind closed doors.
Have you ever had an horrific experience, like any of the stories you’ve published?
Yeah actually. I had an experience with a ghost (or something). There was a witness present and I had a convo with ‘the thing’. Never did find out why it was there. It will forever bug me to its actual identity and/or purpose.
You often take submissions for anthologies and ezines, how would you advise authors who may wish to submit, to proceed?
Lead with your heart and soul. A piece that I feel will speak to our audience is good enough for me. I’m very liberal in my personal tastes and ask that an author merely respects their public by honing their skills before submitting to the markets.
Do you act as publishers for those who write horror novels, or do you only work with short stories/anthologies?
We publish anthology collections, solo collections and novels.
How can people get in touch with you? Are you on facebook and twitter? Do you have a website?
Details of all the works published by Horrified Press, and submission guidelines for up coming works can be found at their website.