http://www.cattd.com now contains hints about upcoming horror novels. catt dahman continues to make the ordinary quite horrifying as she takes on time travel, Spartan history, the countryside, and family secrets in the next few months. Long awaited novel Smooth is in final editing steps and will be released soon and will chill readers as it pokes at so many phobias we all share: fear of drowning, fear of the dark, and much more. About choices, the novel strips them away and leaves the reader with a frightening emptiness that will thrill S. King fans.
I like all areas of horror. Now, some of my books are very, very violent and gory. They are splatterpunk. "Jump scares". And yes, violence has sold extremely well for me. However, that said, the violence is another vehicle I use to juxtapose it with beauty and loyalty in situations. I show that even in violent situations, we can find amazing people and that nothing in the physical realm is as horrible as what may lie in our own minds via bad experiences, chemical issues, etc.
Horror can be subtle or in-your-face and I can relate to deciding which to use with supernatural fiction...Violence can be a very real controversy when we must decide how to use it, if to do so, when, in what way...
I can imagine having written a story about a nut dressing like the Joker and attacking a movie crowd. That would be a great story and it could go into the reason he does it and the people there who are heroic and who are cowardly....it would be a good vehicle to tell a story. HOWEVER...my God, it happened! The writer, if he had written such, would feel terrible and be raked over the coals and probably threatened, It is very possible and very controversial as we can all understand.
I think we, as horror writers, don't design or invent the violence, but we simply delve into the human mind and see the possibilities of some terrible things.
A man tells his friend he wants to be on an airplane that is hijacked but that lands safely in the end and the bad guys are caught and no one is harmed.
"How horrible! You would be terrified." The friends says.
"Yes, but it ends ok and then I won't be afraid of that anymore because what are the chances of me ever being on 2 hijacked planes?"
Horror sells because once you have seen or read it, what are the chances you will ever be in that spot again? You have seen the demons and escaped. In some ways, when we read about violence, we are carrying a rabbit's foot after that...a talisman of protection because....what are the odds?
The first three books of the Z is For Zombie series plus the first teaser chapter of the fourth book ...1000 pages...is now available at Amazon.com The price is 30% less by getting all three at once and they are in full with covers.
So the second book of the series is almost done....had a sudden scene suggested by my hubby that he wanted to see added....he's cute..he watches me type and suggests scenes...how lucky am I? I have to admit, if I pull it off, it will rock the zombies in more way than one. Have to admit, it's been a fun time writing this genre lately and I am getting spoiled with letting the gore and violence stack up! I am so much more character/plot based and this action/character based writing has been a hoot...so many fun ways to kill a zombie....I really have to admire Uncle Stevie (Stephen King as writers affectionately refer to him) for CELL which was sort of a zombie tome...I mean he had a major idea (Cell phones are evil) and the story nailed as well as the action and characters. He wasn't gory...or AS gory as I am...he doesn't write splatter punk....but I digress...he nailed that book. I think when you can read a book and forget it is about zombies and say..."Oh it's about the evils of technology and love of children"....then the author nailed it. "Zombies" become simply the vehicle...and isn't that what Romero did with NOTLD? Okay, so this series may not be a nailed piece of literature, but it is a blast of a journey and some fun entertainment that won't make a reader think so hard 'cause sometimes we can skip the nutritional dinner and just chomp right in to that banana split and ....eat it all up!
So the work continues on George's Terms which was supposed to be a kind of easy, fluff piece, but has turned into a novel I really like. It is at first glance, about zombies, but like Romero, it is a backdrop for other messages. I am feeling a eugenics theme. In my down time....besides searching for a doggie to add to the family.. I am reading a few authors. I branched out! I was reading only King, Laymon, Lee, Koontz, McCammon but I have now discovered my new favs. Will list and link them.
A few years ago, I had the honor of speaking to Dean Koontz via snail mail and we talked of how my real life was imitating some of his novel From the Corner of His Eye (my son showed did things the main character did and demanded a "Goldie Treaver" From the "Cal-forny man and this makes sense if you are one of his fans....it's creepy when your 2 year old says this! ) And Dean was most kind about the death of my daughter who was named for one of his characters, Perris.
Anyway, I have had the honor of meeting some very famous people (mainly in Jamaica where everyone goes to get away) and have found them all to be very normal and nice.I am naturally reclusive, but if I were famous and in the spotlight, I would hope to show the same sincerity and class of those whom I have gotten to know. One new person I have "met" is Kealan Patrick Burke. Really nice person and he writes very scary, creepy stories that make me feel he has been peeking into my inner thoughts and fears. I have this running joke in my family..I say someone is going to be huge (predicted Harrison Ford and several more actors) and I think Mr. Burke is going to be HUGE as in a runaway talent. Already acclaimed, he's making it...but I feel he's like the iceburg...most of what is headed our way is hidden. Anyway...just saying I found his novels and that's who I am reading along with Ketchum, Keane, Landsdale, and Allison M Dickson and Lee Moan.
That's who I like right now and I am impossible to please. Okay...I can be a real bitch about writing.
That's it. TY to Kealan for giving me the link he preferred and for being such a gracious person.
Catt Dahman lives in Texas with her Husband, son, 4 cats (Ollie, T.S. Eliot, and Procol, and a dog named Levi. Catt writes horror, thrillers, spooky stories, and westerns.