Welcome to another day of gruesome goings on. Today, it’s my great pleasure to welcome back fellow Irish horror writer D.J. Doyle. D.J. Doyle writes extreme horror and also comedy horror fiction.
D.J. Doyle is the author of multiple horror and thriller novels and short stories from extreme horror to comedy horror.
She was raised by pot-smoking hippies and spent her days worshipping pagan deities in the HellFire Club, and her nights watching horror movies. She now lives with her family in a treehouse, preying on unsuspecting travellers, and where she likes nothing better than coming up with ideas for new stories and plotting her next novel. Some of this might have been made up.
Which horror genre do you write in ?
I write in many horror subgenres, my favourite being sci-fi and comedy. I’ve also written paranormal, occult, and my most popular is my extreme horrors which is probably the most difficult to write.
Why do you write horror? Tell us about your horror journey?
I’ve watched horror since I was a child, starting around the age of nine – American Werewolf in London. This frightened me but I was addicted to that feeling. I loved the likes of Tales of the Unexpected and The Outer Limits, probably why most of my stories end with a plot twist or surprising end. I started reading horror at twelve, King’s Skeleton Crew and have never stopped. I couldn’t get enough and spent many days in the library picking out more of their horrors.
Your favourite horror author and the book you like best by this author?
The King of course, well, his older stuff. Stephen King’s Carrie is probably my favourite. Shaun Hutson’s books are close behind. I could list out many horror authors that I favour reading, but we’d be here all day.
Name a character in film, book or legend that you wish you had created in your fiction.
Ripley from the Alien franchise – what a total badass. She is a horror icon in my opinion. How they brought her back for a fourth instalment was brilliant.
What scares you?
I think at this stage in my life I’m desensitised by horror. I suppose the only living thing I would hate to come across is a giant centipede… yuck. What scares me most in life is dying before I get a chance to write every story I have in my head… which is about 20 at the moment.
What have you got in the pipeline?
I am currently working on 4 different pieces. I have a novel started, which is the 3 rd in the Celtic Curse stories about Irish mythology and folklore. I have just finished a sci-fi short for an event that I want to expand. I am also working on another short about a victim of a known serial killer in history. And I have a children’s story which is finished, I just need to illustrate (or find an illustrator).
Please, include a paragraph of your work – your favourite passage or a few lines from a work in progress.
This is a passage from The Celtic Curse: Newgrange.
With the Druids preoccupied chasing the slave, it was her chance to escape. She slowly crawled away out of sight through the long grass that harshly brushed her face. The lone hound made its way down the hill in her direction.
Growls and barking from behind stopped the girl dead in her tracks. She turned in horror to catch sight of the giant dog as it pounced and pinned her to the ground. Her hands pulled clumps of short coarse hair in her attempt to hold back the snapping mouth. She was too weak, and teeth ripped through the thin skin on her slight neck. Its gaped mouth bit down hard as she struggled to breathe.
She tried to open the clamped jaws with her little fingers, but blood bubbled from the torn flesh, her
artery severed. A simple whistle ordered the animal to bring its catch back to the group. Without effort, the dog picked up the motionless body from the pit and carried it towards the diminishing sacred circle.
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