It’s Day 15 of Women in Horror Month 2019 and the horror bus keeps on rolling. Today, I’m excited to welcome back Caroline E Farrell to Unusual Fiction. Caroline is a filmmaker and award winning author of dark fiction.
Caroline E Farrell is a writer, filmmaker and blogger from Dublin, Ireland. She once blogged a vampire novel online, which became Arkyne, Story of a Vampire. She has also written the award-winning novel, Lady Beth. Caroline is the writer of three short films, ADAM (2013), IN RIBBONS (2015) and FRAMED (2018) which she also directed. She has also written several published shorts stories and award-winning feature screenplays.
Which horror genre do you write in?
At the moment, I am drawn to psychological horror. With regard to genre though, I don’t really fit into any specific category, which suits me as I can only write what truly captivates me. I have blogged a vampire / wicca novel and novelised a gritty, gothic thriller. I have also written and directed a horror short film, and my current novel in progress is a ghost story, with a modern day, urban setting. Real life is way more horrifying than anything in the supernatural world, so I reckon there are many sub-genres that I cross over in my stories.
Why do you write horror? Tell us about your horror journey?
I am very comfortable with the idea of a supernatural world existing in tandem with ours. I don’t believe that spirits necessarily disappear with death – I reckon that if they need to, they can stick around. Some people might call them guardian angels. I don’t believe in ghosts in the traditional sense of spooky hauntings, but I do believe that we can carry the energy of lives lived before, and certainly can sense when a spirit needs to make themselves known to us – if we allow ourselves to be open to it. Of course, that means that not only the spirits of the light can get through! There can’t be just day and night, light and dark – for me, there is a lot of shade in between, and that’s were my imagination likes to hang out. I am also fascinated by old houses, filled with memories in the walls, waiting to be discovered. A very gothic influence, I would say.
Name a character in film, book or legend that you wish you had created in your fiction.
It would have been pretty cool to have created Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray. All the themes that Wilde explored are eternally relevant – the narcissistic quest for immortality and how society values the superficial ideals of beauty – though perhaps, I would make Dorian female.
Please, include a paragraph of your work – your favourite passage or a few lines from a work in progress.
This is a short paragraph from a short story I wrote that then inspired me to write and direct my short film FRAMED:
Joe’s paint strokes are wild and manic, his eyes bloodshot as splashes of crimson sprinkle across his face. He is sitting beside a hospital bed, before an easel, in a sparsely furnished white room, wearing pyjamas and a robe, sans belt. On the bed, the photograph from the therapy room is balanced, it too, splattered with rivulets that bleed from the image, his beloved Cathy, gripped in terror, her silent scream immortalised forever in monochrome…
What scares you?
Closed minds. Racism. Cruelty. The capitalism of war. The price of healthcare. The power of nature to destroy. These, I fear, are the most terrifying horror stories.
Arkyne, Story of A Vampire: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arkyne-Story-Vampire-Celtic-horror/dp/1975622464/
VIMEO LINKS TO FILMS: https://vimeo.com/carolinefarrell
FACEBOOK ARKYNE STORY OF A VAMPIRE: https://www.facebook.com/Arkyne.StoryofaVampire/
FACEBOOK LADY BETH: https://www.facebook.com/LadyBethTheNovel/
FACEBOOK FRAMED SHORT FILM: https://www.facebook.com/ninnyhammerproductions/ Accen