DOTHA Interview #12 – Jed McPherson

Next in a series of mini-interviews with the creators of the Death of the Horror Anthologyavailable to support RIGHT NOW on Kickstarter.

Today, we talk writer Jed McPherson…

Hello fellow DOTHA creator. Please introduce yourself and your story in the collection…

Hey, I’m Jed McPherson. I’m the writer behind the neonoir one-shot Deadbeat (with fellow DOTHA creator Chris Shehan) and the weirdo reality tv book The Show (with artists Robert Ahmad and Joseph Velasquez and colourist F.P. Sioc Jnr). Nice to meet you all.

My story in the DOTHA is called The City. It’s a post-apocalyptic story about a man coping with the grief of losing his family. Francesco Iaquinta drew the hell out of it and I can’t wait to show you guys.

What do you find scarier in horror stories: inhuman monsters or monstrous humans?

Goddamn, is that a good question? I’ve gone back and forth on this arguing in my head both sides but I think I’ve got to go for monsters. There’s something inevitable about a good monster. No matter what you do, no matter where you go it’ll still be coming for you. Keep watching any horror film after the credits roll and you’ll see. You’re never safe.

What scary movie, book or comic do you think every horror fan should experience?

Can I cheat and do one of each? Screw it, I’m going to do one of each.

Book – I am Legend. Fantastic last man on earth story with a heckuva final act. You want to talk about inhuman monsters this if your book.

Film – The Thing. I’m sure a bunch of folk have already recommended this but it’s one of my favourite films of all time. Paranoia, body horror, hella good music, and Kurt Russel. What more can you ask for?

Comic – Uzumaki. Nobody writes obsession better or draws body horror better than Ito and he’s never been better than he is here. Seminal work from a modern master.

Tell me something cool about The City.

There’s only one human character in it. I don’t want to get into it more than that cause you know… spoilers.

What’s your top tip for creating a scary story?

Don’t reveal too much. Horror lives in subtlety. Your readers are going to do a much better job of scaring themselves than you are. Give them just enough to get their imagination going and they’ll be jumping at shadows soon enough.

And if that fails you can always get a cat to jump out and scare them.


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