Monday, October 22, 2018

Two Questions With . . . Janet Walden-West ~ Halloween Edition

This week for Two Questions With . . . Halloween Edition, I’ve lured Janet Walden-West on to my blog. Welcome, Janet. 

Hi Pat,  I’m thrilled to be back, this time talking all things dark and disturbing.

What Horror trope do you love to exploit?

Vampires. All the vampires.

My love for the vampire mythos, in all its iterations, will never die. Same as my adoration of puns.

It’s fascinating that almost every culture has some form of vampire in its folklore and mythology. Traditional undead Western blood suckers. Versions that live off of emotions or energy. Floating heads that can separate from the body and hunt prey in the tropical darkness.

Most versions are also unapologetically evil of course. But I was intrigued by a few cultures that saw their vampires as neutral beings. Not sparkly or good, but no better or worse than the average human. Sort of a live and let live thing.

The room to twist, explore, and reinvent feels endless when working with vampire tropes, and I love seeing fresh, Non-Western takes on the genre.

Which Horror Trope would you love to see die, and never return from the grave?

Clowns. Full stop.

Clowns are bad. Do not even mention Pennywise. 

Thank you, Janet for stopping by—and I’m totally with you about the clowns. 

Janet Walden-West lives in the southeast with a pack of show dogs, a couple of kids, and a husband who didn't read the fine print.  She has an unseemly obsession with dusty artifacts, great cars, and bad coffee.A founding member of the East Tennessee Creative Writers Alliance and The Million Words craft blog, she is also a member of Romance Writers of America member. She pens Urban Fantasy that escapes the neat confines of the city limits in favor of map-dot hillbilly towns, and inclusive Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance. A #PitchWars alum, her first short story, Road Trip, is included in the Chasing the Light anthology.

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