Yes, I have always loved good horror - films, stories, etc. My Top Ten films include the original The Haunting (1962), Carnival of Souls (also 1962), The Innocents (1961), The Shining (1980) - well, you probably get the idea. Yes, I'm partial to ghosts and psychological horror. American Horror Story, which just finished its fall season and will continue in February, offers a bountiful dose of creepy, over-the-top, all-of-the-above and then some horror. As an avid viewer of the show, I've been finding dark elements creeping into my work even more than usual - mouldering abandoned buildings, lurking hooded figures, desolate landscapes, ravens, oddly disturbing characters, etc - all there. The courtly dreamers have been making themselves scarce for now. though they'll be back I'm sure. But for now the darkness with its perversely shining power is getting my attention. Watch for it in my latest work-in-progress, The Magus, which should be completed within a month.
So, enjoy the rest of your holidays, and if you want a break from all the cheery frenzy, check out the American Horror Story web site and maybe catch one of the past shows. It's definitely something different