Interview over at She Never Slept

The lovely folk over at She Never Slept have interviewed me … Marc Nocerino had some questions that made me think!

SNS Minion – Marc Nocerino Welcome to She Never Slept, Angela, and thank you for taking some time to spend with our readers. My love for the weird and darker side of storytelling started when I stumbled across Lovecraft, Poe, and Stoker in elementary school. Many of your stories are horror-slanted interpretations of childhood fairy tales and folklore. Was it these that initially sparked your interest in the strange and terrifying, or does that come from elsewhere?

Angela Slatter: (I have to say I’ve been mulling over this question – I went and answered all the other first to give myself more time and I’m not sure I’ve got a good answer. :^) ) Fairy tales were definitely the spark of it, but I don’t know when I first realized these were the original horror stories – getting eaten by wolves, being abandoned by your parents, having witches curse you in your cradle. I’d say that as I outgrew fairy tales in my teens, I shifted to horror from writers like Poe, Lovecraft, Stoker, Henry James, Le Fanu then again to Clive Barker, Graham Masteron, Kim Newman, Stephen King, and the like. I came back to fairy tales in my late thirties and then I worked out what they’d been saying all along: the world is dangerous place so keep your wits about you.

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