JG Faherty is the author of Cemetery Club, Carnival of Fear, The Cold Spot, He Waits, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Ghosts of Coronado Bay. His latest novel, The Burning Time, comes out Jan. 18. Visit him at jgfaherty.com, Facebook, Twitter, or aboutme.com
In horror fiction, you’ve almost always got a hero and a villain, or perhaps more than one. There are different types of heroes: cops, detectives, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, military specialists, even supernatural characters (supernatural detectives, ‘good’ vampires, etc.) And there are different types of villains: monsters (vampires, ghosts, werebeasts, serial killers, aliens, etc.), humans, and sometimes even large groups (a zombie horde, for instance).
However, the best horror often happens when the hero and the villain have a personal relationship. It doesn’t matter if it’s a case where a kid unleashes an ancient evil from a secret box or a vampire and werewolf have been mortal enemies since before Christ was born. The personal connection always brings the reader in deeper into the story. Continue reading