Gemma Files, author of the Hexslinger trilogy, sat down with Weird Fiction review to discuss her story "Blood Makes Noise", her outlook on horror and when weird is too weird.
WFR: What do you think is the appeal of weird fiction generally? The scare? Catharsis? Something else?
Files: For me, the appeal is the idea of creating
something that will make the person reading it look over their own
shoulder uneasily, but also feel as though they recognize it on some
inmost level…to create an unnatural concept which nevertheless seems
part of of the natural order. You never saw it before, but the minute
you do, you realize it’s always underlain everything. So emotional
catharsis, yes, but better than that, a sense of completion which
dissolves upon closer examination. The closest we can come to
a primitive religious experience, maybe — a true Mystery, in the ancient
Read the whole interview!
The Hexslinger books include A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns, and the final volume, A Tree of Bones, releasing May 15.