Today we have another post by Vampire author Rebeka Harrington in which she discusses the definition of ‘Horror’. Note, I was careful there to refer to her as a ‘Vampire author’ not a ‘Horror author’ for reasons which may become apparent in the post…
Earlier this year Angelic Knight Press featured yours truly in an article: “REBEKA HARRINGTON – WOMAN IN HORROR” (Many thanks AKP) As an indie author I’m always very happy, if not flattered, when someone out there in cyberspace spares me a mention. But until I saw this article I hadn’t even stopped to think I may be considered a “horror” writer. Sure I write about vampires, and they can be pretty horrible, but me…. a horror writer?
My first book, Vampires Revealed, was more like an autobiographical mocumentary than any other tag you care to throw about. Bektamun, narrator and star of the tale, relives some of the “horrible” things she has done; but only when forced to protect those she loves.
Desires Revealed, my latest release, is a love story first and foremost. And of course there are ample vampire shenanigans thrown in. (Got to feed the bloodlust)
Does writing about vampires automatically mark you as a “horror writer”? When I think of horror fiction the first name that springs to mind is Stephen King, which I’m sure is the same for a lot of people. Mr King has dabbled with vampires (very successfully too, I might add), but his most famous and popular works are far removed from the world of vampires.
Also worth considering is whether or not, despite the vampire revolution, the general expectation is for vampires to appear in the horror genre. Maybe I’m just weird, because I really don’t think of vampires as characters of horror; well at least not so much anymore.
Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula was pretty terrifying for the time it was written. Fast forward to The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice; doubt I would’ve bought and read the books if I’d thought I was buying horror. For me, books in The Vampire Chronicles, were about Lestat’s inability to understand humanity; not that he was a blood-sucking monster. Like I said, maybe I’m weird. No doubt my opinion of vampires as characters of horror would change instantaneously should I ever meet a Dracula, Lestat or Eric (Southern Vampires, Charlaine Harris).
When I think about horror, and the things that scare me, I only have to look at history to have shivers run down my spine.
Part of my vampire mythology is a group of extremist vampires known as the Eleiveb. While searching for inspiration as to what kind of things they may subject their human victims, I simply did a search for “torture”. One of the most interesting/horrifying sites I came across was Medieval Torture. The site features a myriad of tools and equipment which sole purpose was to inflict pain and torture on human victims.
While I may be uneasy being assigned as a horror writer, and steadfastly believe mankind is far more horrible to each other than legend or any creature we can imagine, the fact remains I will continue to write about vampires; and they will inevitably do horrible things.
About the Author
Raised in country Victoria, Rebeka started her writing career working for the local newspaper as a teenager. While she decided not to pursue this as a career, she has always enjoyed writing and being creative
With so many varied interests and eccletic taste in most things, Rebeka enjoys incorporating all of them in her writing. She particularly enjoys writing about vampires.
Rebeka seeks to define and explain vampires in a way not done before. This was achieved with her debut title “Vampires Revealed”. Following titles revolve around exploring the world and characters created in her first release.
Currently Rebeka lives inMelbournewith her “demented” but lovable cat, dividing her time between writing and managing a small boutique entertainment agency.
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