Welcome to the blog, A. F.! Could you tell us a little bit about Killers and Demons?
Killers and Demons is a short collection of five stories about unrepentant villains and their poor hapless victims. Three of the stories give the reader a tale about serial killers with dark and unhappy endings. With Devoid you see the narrative from the victim’s point-of-view, in You Got to Have Heart the reader sees the crime through the eyes of the killer and in London, 1888 the reader experiences a bit of serial killer history.
The other two stories, Victorian Shadows and Advent of Night, are paranormal chillers about nasty demons, one a bounty hunter, the other a soul collector. These two pieces of fiction are bit more in the thriller vein, pitting human adversaries against the demons.
What is special about the horror genre?
I’m not certain I’m the right person ask, since I wandered into writing horror accidentally. I view myself more of a dark fantasy writer who strolls over into the horror genre because I have a tendency to kill off characters (often in nasty and macabre ways). I don’t even read horror novels or watch scary movies because I’m too much of a chicken. But I can say what I like best about writing darker stories is the psychological creep factor, that “what if” idea of something lurking in the dark.
You’ve written a number of collections of horror stories. Do you have a favorite?
I think my preferred collection is Once Upon a Dark and Eerie… which is a mixture of straight horror tales, dark fantasy and sci-fi and dark poetry. The book contains some of my favourite stories and poems including, Home for Christmas, Numb, The Legend of the Haunted Tree, Supernatural, Cherry Blossoms, and Winter’s Frost.
You also have a few books of poetry and a humorous non-fiction look at action movie clichés. What are the pros and cons of writing in several genres?
Writing in several genres allows me to indulge a few of my other passions besides fantasy fiction. I’ve written poetry for years, so it seemed natural to gather it all into a series of books, and the content of my poems don’t stray far from the darker themes of my fiction. The non-fiction began as a whim, a way to pay a tongue-in-cheek homage to action movies, and I ran with the idea because I loved doing it. And the different genres keep me from getting too bored. I’m not sure I’ve found a downside to the genre hopping, yet. I like mixing it up.
What is your best advice on writing?
My advice is to love what you are doing and write the stories that feel right for you. I tried writing in the mystery and romance genres (with less than stellar results) before realizing fantasy and horror was where I belonged. I think a writer’s best work flows from where they are most comfortable.
Thanks so much for stopping by, A. F.!
A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. She is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), mythology, history, action movies, and oil painting as a hobby.
Ms. Stewart has been writing dark fantasy and horror for several years, with side trips into poetry and non-fiction. Her published books included Killers and Demons, Once Upon a Dark and Eerie..., Chronicles of the Undead, Shadows of Poetry, Passing Fancies and The Incomplete Guide to Action Movies.
She is putting the finishing touches on two new books, Ruined City, a dark fantasy novel that tells the tale of a cursed city in twelve short stories and Gothic Cavalcade, a horror novel set amid a paranormal carnival.
A.F. Stewart can be found on her website, http://afallon.bravehost.com/, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/scribe77.
Killers and Demons is available at Smashwords, Nook, and the Apple iStore.
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