Bio Of Author:
Marianne lives in Glasgow, Scotland, and is trying to achieve her goal of becoming an established writer. She is at her most happy when she gets to create; she has danced, acted on stage, and she likes to sketch and paint too. The thing that she feels most passionate about right now – at 26 years old – is her writing, and she is working on a multitude of things to keep it thriving; novels, short story collections, poetry, plays… she wants to create something for everyone to enjoy, just as much as she enjoys working on it.
What’s the story about?
Evil is a ‘one size fits all’ kind of deal, but most of us know better than to try it on. ‘Demons Are Sharp’ is the story of someone who slipped it on like a new coat, and bought every accessory to match; there are demons in this world, but not all of them reside in hell…
Where did the idea for the story come from?
I usually have the most outlandish dreams, and draw inspiration from them when writing. This story came from one of the most vivid nightmares I have ever had, and I haven’t been able to forget about it since… It probably doesn’t help that I have to keep replaying it for the book ha!
What is it about the story that inspired you to write the book?
It struck that fear chord in me. Although there is a turbulent ghost in the story, the real threat is the character of Andy; a flesh and bone human being. That’s what grips me, the never knowing who you’re letting in type of thing. It’s too real.
How long did it take to write?
I had the nightmare in 2009, I was 19 and not quite skilled in the writing department, but I did keep a dream diary so I got into the habit of turning my dreams into stories and it started from there. The story was in development since that time, but it was only last year that I felt confident enough to sit down and make something of it.
What makes Demons Are Sharp stand out among others?
For me, it’s the same thing that makes ‘Scream’ (1996) stand out. There’s a reason that movie will scare me a little more than the ones where a monster is the antagonist. The people that are held close are the ones who inflict fear and commit the unthinkable, the unimaginable. There isn’t a monster hiding under the bed, there isn’t a vampire lurking around the corner… it’s the person standing right beside you who has you afraid to sleep at night. I shudder when I think about this stuff, it really is frightening.
Is there anything you would change about it?
At the moment, absolutely not. I can say that with conviction now but I know when I’m reading it through time, I’ll think of something that I could have added or changed, it’s always the way. I am completely happy with what I have created at this moment, though.
What is your favorite horror book?
‘Pet Sematary’ by Stephen King. That story had me afraid before we even get to any scary parts! I remember the hairs on my neck standing on end just at the mention of ‘Victor Pascow’ and he’s the good guy – supposedly! I tell everyone to read that book, it’s the kind of book I wish I could write.
Who is your favorite horror writer?
It’s a toss-up between Stephen King and Clive Barker. There are people who can tell a horror story, then there are others who can show you, they can paint terror on the walls of your mind and sometimes, you can’t just paint over it again. That’s Stephen King and Clive Barker, they keep me terrified for years and I love it!
Would the book work as a movie?
It would, definitely. When writing, I’m already playing it out in my head and I have my ‘perfect’ cast etc… It helps me get deeper into the story and makes the characters appear more real to me.
‘Demons Are Sharp’ will be out in time for Halloween. I am self-publishing and would appreciate the support greatly, thank you. (If you would like to, you can follow on Twitter – @ZamBlackheart – for updates on this title and future projects)