We’ve come to our last author interview for Women in Horror Month 2019. It’s unbelievable that the month has been so fleeting and yet, we’ve produced some great horror content, from excerpts of new work to what scares the people whose business it is to scare! Today, for our last interview of the month, I would like to introduce author of dark fiction, Delia Rai.
Born in Transylvania, Delia has always been fascinated by tales of horror, fantasy and the supernatural. She grew up in a house with a black and white TV, no phone, and a full bookcase.
Delia moved to Bangkok almost two decades ago where she started making up stories and discussing them with the Key-Bangers, a writers’ group she helped organize since their beginning in 2014. She watches movies occasionally, and she has rediscovered the advantages of owning a Kindle, even if it will never replace the feeling of holding a paperback in her hands.
These days you can find her mostly on Instagram under the name @booksinbangkok, where she posts about books and travel.
Which horror genre do you written in?
Psychological horror is what I’m drawn to and what I write, mostly. I love creating doubt, unease, things that unsettle the mind and make me (and hopefully the reader as well) uncomfortable.
Why do you write horror? Tell us about your horror journey.
It’s what comes easier, and if that’s not scary, I don’t know what is. I love being scared, but only in books.
I’ve read some excellent Westerns lately, one of them being the short story collection Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West, and the famous novel Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo (its sequel) and that made me want to incorporate Western elements into my stories. That is definitely something I see myself writing in the future.
Your favourite horror author and the book you like best by this author?
If you ask me this question every year I’ll probably give you a different answer every year, but one thing is for sure – there’s always going to be a Stephen King book in there. The Shining was amazing, but so was Pet Sematary and Needful Things. But there are other horror writers out there, like Scott Smith with The Ruins or Dan Simmons with his brilliant, slow, The Terror, and Adam Nevill’s House of Small Shadows or The Ritual, and Kealan Patrick Burke with his short story, Sour Candy.
Name a character in film, book or legend that you wish you had created in your fiction.
That’s easy – Dracula. There will never be enough vampire stories and what better proof than all the stories and the movies that have sprung from that Transylvanian nobleman that’s been dead hundreds of years.
Please, include a paragraph of your work – your favourite passage or a few lines from a work in progress.
My short story, “The Door”, was published in the horror anthology “Descent into Darkness”, collected by Tony Urban.
I’m currently working on a short story set in a small Western town in the 1800s.
Here’s an excerpt:
“They came at sundown. The carriage moved along slowly, the horses crusted with sweat and dust climbing the last hill before the town. Inside, the passengers began to stir and the woman woke up first, blinking into the dark. She shook her travel companion gently.
“Wake up, Alistair. I think we’re here.”
Alistair woke up and they both waited, listening quietly for the sounds coming from outside – human voices, a horse clattering by on the hard, dry earth; the smell of food, cooking in the open – roast meat, still tender and juicy.
“I’m hungry,” said Lucia. She smoothed dark hair away from her face revealing a pair of dark eyes, and her tongue touched red lips.
“Patience, my dear, we’ll eat soon.” Alistair smiled and white teeth flashed in the near darkness.”
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