Next in a series of mini-interviews with the creators of the Death of the Horror Anthology, available to support RIGHT NOW on Kickstarter.
Today, we talk to Emily Pearson…
Hello fellow DOTHA creator. Please introduce yourself and your story in the collection…
Hi! My name’s Emily Pearson, I’m a comic book artist currently working for Black Mask Studios. My story for DOTHA is called Arsonist.
What do you find scarier in horror stories: inhuman monsters or monstrous humans?
It’s funny, because my stories are ALL about monstrous humans, but I’m usually more scared of inhuman monsters. It’s more frightening to me thinking of a monster that’s unknown and could be lurking in the dark, instead of a human, which I could preemptively avoid their actions.
What scary movie, book or comic do you think every horror fan should experience?
Alien, The Thing, and the Shining are my favourite movies. As for comics, I haven’t read much that’s just pure horror, but Wytches and Nailbiter are great. If you’re into manga, Junji Ito’s stories scare the HELL out of me. His art leaves these creepy haunting images in my head.
Tell me something cool about Arsonist..
My DOTHA story is set completely in the real world. It’s more about teenagers trying to do messed up things just because they’re little sociopaths and think they can get away with it. It’s less scary in a way of haunting you with creepy monsters, and more “I can’t believe someone would do this, I hate humanity”.
What’s your top tip for creating a scary story?
If you’re an artist, try to center a moment around a panel. Think of a way a panel could really stick with someone, and keep in their head. The longer it lingers there, the more it comes back to haunt the reader. As for writers, try to make a key element of the story relatable, whether it’s the characters, setting, monster, etc.