Growing up in the 1980s meant that I experienced the greatest time for horror in this century, in my opinion of course. My first exposure to horror was watching Jaws, The Exorcist and The Omen. Those are the earliest memories I have of horror films. They definitely left a lasting impression, and although I was young to have been watching these movies, I don’t believe I was negatively impacted by them. In fact, they are the foundation for my love for horror today, and I think that makes me a fabulous and interesting person.
I would say that my writing is more influenced by the horror of the eighties where groups of young people congregate in one place and face off against an antagonist of phenomenal strength and ability and evil to the core. Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween, and almost all of their sequels fell into this category. To this degree, It That Has No Name and its sequels follow suit. From Jason, Freddy, and Michael to It, audiences and readers can be assured they are getting a great story focused around a formidable foe.
Love these influences!
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I know, right! Weren’t we so lucky to have grown up during the 80s?! The greatest time in history for horror! Who is your favorite antagonist from the 80s?