1. Who has been the biggest influence on you as a female horror writer?
My two primary female horror writing influences are Anne Rice and Mary Shelly. But when it comes down to it, I have to admit, I’m an Edgar Allan Poe fanatic (I know, I know, but I love him). When I was 19, I visited London and found a book of his complete collection. It was heavy and bulky, and I knew I would have to haul it around for a couple of weeks of travel. I’m so glad I did. The book sits next to my desk, and when I need to go into horror-writing mode, I read a few of his stories. His prose is intoxicating.
2. Do you think the style of horror differs between women and men authors? E.g. psychological vs gore?
I suppose there is some truth to a gender preference when it comes to horror, with the assumption women mostly write (and read) psychological and men like gore. I write in both. My horror-apocalyptic novel, Mechaniclism, combines both sub-genres. It’s fun to have some flying blood and guts woven into a story. My novel Lullaby of the Dead leans more towards a realistic, psychological scare, but there are also moments when gore rules. I find it to be a nice balance.
3. Do you have a main subject that you write about? I.e. certain bad guys or themes?
One of the primary themes throughout my work (including my apocalyptic series, Survivor Diaries), is that women don’t need saving. My strong, competent female protagonists usually take the bull by the horns and don’t wait for the proverbial knight to ride in on a white horse. Why should they? They’ve got it! Never be a princess, when you can be the Queen!
4. If you could have dinner with a famous horror writer, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Edgar Allan Poe, no question about it!
5. Favorite female horror writer? Why?
Anne Rice. She has a wide body of distinctive work.
Lynn Lamb is the author of the post-apocalyptic Survivor Diaries Series, Opus of the Dead Series, Mechaniclism, and The Oxymoron of Still Life. She is also an independent filmmaker, graphic designer, and scriptwriter. The explosive Survivor Diaries, the chilling Mechaniclism, and the terrifying Lullaby of the Dead, have made a big bang and a scream on the literary scene. Grab these titles, and don’t miss out on this chart-topping author!
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