Just recently I caused a small stir due to a post on facebook in which I wrongfully accused people who don’t read and who only watch movies of being sloths. That was rather harsh, I know, and I apologize for my hasty words. But like I did mention in my follow-up comments, I meant only those people who say that they’d rather watch the movie than read the book. To me, that’s a crime beyond words.
I understand people don’t have to like books. That’s fine. But these are the same people who I find a lot of the time don’t use proper grammar or their unlimited imagination to do anything besides sit in front of shows like Maury Povich and channels like True TV. It’s not always the case, I know. And for authors, sometimes you can find great stories from these real-life issues, however petty (such as paternity tests to find out which moron is the baby daddy). What stuck me, however, was stumbling upon Nicole Cushing’s blog post, “The Strange Case of Horror Authors Who Don’t Read”. Now I’m definitely shocked. Ms. Cushing makes so many awesome points that anything I might say would either be amateur in comparison, or just plain redundant.
I won’t make mention of this topic again, seeing that it is a touchy subject. You’re either on one side of the fence or the other. But I will be looking out for my fellow horror writers. The stories are just as much an influence as the movies that succeed them. A favorite of mine is Thomas Tryon’s The Other. I have yet to see the movie for it. Never really felt a need to.
Either way you view things, check out the article and as always, happy reading. And when you’re done, watch the movie, if you so desire.
(Nicole Cushing is the author of HOW TO EAT FRIED FURRIES and her work has been included in The Black Dog & Leventhal anthology WEREWOLVES AND SHAPESHIFTERS: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE BEAST WITHIN. You can find out more about her on her blog, Laughing at the Abyss. And if you’d like to indulge in more Bizarro fiction, check out Bizarro Central.)