Write better, write more imaginatively, and write things that are genuinely transgressive. I don’t know why this notion of pushing the envelope or breaking taboos has come to mean nothing but grotesque sex. How about political taboos? Social taboos? Why are there so few horror stories written about abortion? Why are there so few written about right- or left-wing politics? Or about unjust wars? There’s a pat, snide answer which most horror fans would give you, which is, “I’m not interested in reading about that.” Well, you would be if it was written properly, if it was written in a way that really did shock you into thinking about it!
(Responding to the question about what female horror writers can do to overcome the stigma that they’re not as good as male horror writers — from an interview with Dark Scribe Magazine, “Fem(inism) Fatale: Lisa Morton on Women in Horror” by Desiree I. Guzzetta, July 28, 2010)
My first entry for Women in Horror Month is the Winner of the 2010 Stoker Award in the First Novel Category for The Castle of Los Angeles, the lovely and talented Lisa Morton. An accomplished screenwriter, novelist, and short story writer, Lisa burst onto the scene in the film world first, with Meet the Hollowheads (1988), a horror-fantasy feature film, but soon the lure of the written word came into play and Lisa began writing some of the most bone-chilling, darkest short fiction out there, and continued her efforts with long-form fiction, as well, garnering her many well-deserved awards.
What to Read First: The Samhanach
* Southern California native
* Sci-fi comedy Trashers was an L.A. Weekly “Recommended” pick.
* Her short fiction has appeared in many publications, including Dark Voices 6: The Pan Book of Horror, Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre, and in magazines such as Cemetery Dance.
* Favourite genre to read as a kid wasn’t horror, it was science fiction.
* Started writing horror in her 20s when she discovered the works of Dennis Etchison.
* Some of her favourites in the genre include Sarah Langan, Bentley Little, and Gary Braunbeck.
* The Free Way (Fool’s Press)
* The Castle of Los Angeles (Gray Friar Press)
* The Cinema of Tsui Hark (McFarland)
* The Halloween Encyclopedia (McFarland)
* Monsters of L.A. (Bad Moon Books)
* The Samhanach (Bad Moon Books)
* Winner of the 2006 Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction for her story “Tested” (which first appeared in Cemetery Dance)
* Winner of the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Nonfiction for A Hallowe’en Anthology.
* Winner of the 2009 Black Quill Award for Midnight Walk
* Winner of the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Long Fiction for her novella The Lucid Dreaming.
* Winner of the 2010 Bram Stoker Award in the First Novel category for The Castle of Los Angeles.
* Two-time recipient of the President’s Richard Laymon Award, presented by the Horror Writers Association.
Currently Working On: co-writing a comic book with Rocky Wood on witch hunts in Europe and America.
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