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The Bram Stoker Award final ballot was recently announced, reminding me why horror as a genre is so much fun, so in that spirit, I asked our panel these questions:

Q: What first piqued your interest in horror, and why do you enjoy writing in the genre? What direction do you see the genre taking in the future, and who are a few of your favorite horror writers, books, or stories?

Here’s what they had to say…

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In Steve Rasnic Tem‘s 30 + years as a professional writer he has published over 300 short stories, three collections, and four novels, as well as hundreds of poems, essays, articles etc. He is a past winner of the British Fantasy Award, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and International Horror Guild awards, and had been nominated for the Philip K. Dick, Shirley Jackson, and Theodore Sturgeon awards. His latest novel is Blood Kin, out this month (February 26th) from Solaris.

Appalachian Weird

by Steve Rasnic Tem

My new novel Blood Kin, a dark study of ghosts, snake-handling, and the Great Depression, is set in two Appalachias. The first, a sepia-toned vision of the impoverished thirties, is full of characters. The people are poor, but there are a lot of them. The other Appalachia, seventy-odd years later, is a greener vision, but it’s the green of rot and moss and kudzu vine filling the empty spaces of a much-diminished town. It’s like an Iris DeMent song with the sun going down and the town fading into little more than a memory.

I’m one of many who moved away. I needed book stores and movie theaters and the university. But despite the poverty, despite the sadness I feel when I see all the empty stores and abandoned houses, I still find it to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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TOC: ‘Onion Songs’ by Steve Rasnic Tem

Black Static has posted the table of contents for the upcoming collection Onion Songs by Steve Rasnic Tem:

Here’s the book description:

World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award winning writer STEVE RASNIC TEM’s short fiction has been compared to the work of Franz Kafka, Dino Buzzati, Ray Bradbury, and Raymond Carver. Onion Songs gathers work from the absurdist side of his massive oeuvre, with 5 previously unpublished fictions and another 37 tales reprinted from a variety of literary & genre sources going back to the early 1980s. The emphasis is on the bizarre, the off-beat, and the meditative, with stories ranging in form from prose poetry vignettes and more conventional structures to such unusual presentations as the standalone prose for a virtual fiction-based card game, and the text for his all-puppet theatrical, The Mask Child.

Here’s the table of contents…
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