Author Poppet is currently running an interview with Joan De la Haye, author of Shadows, a horror story that was inspired by a dream.
In response to a question about what drew her to horror, De la Haye says. “Actually when I was growing up I never thought I’d be a horror writer. I always thought I’d write thrillers or some great literary piece of fiction, but then I started working on Shadows and other writers suggested I start reading some Stephen King. Yes, I only discovered horror and Stephen King in my mid-twenties. Shocking, I know. I found a copy of Misery in a second hand book store and never looked back. I’m busy working on a thriller at the moment, and as much as I love reading that genre, I’ve realised that I’m a horror girl through and through.”
Description of Shadows: Sarah is forced to the edge of sanity by the ghosts of her family’s past. Suffering from violent and bloody hallucinations, she seeks the help of psychiatrist and friend, Michael Brink. After being sent to an institution in a catatonic state covered in blood – from stabbing her unfaithful boyfriend – Sarah is forced to confront the truth about her father’s death and the demon, Jack, who caused her father’s suicide and is now the reason for her horrific hallucinations. Unlike her father, Sarah refuses to kill herself. She bargains for her life and succeeds. In Sarah’s struggle to regain her life and her sanity, she discovers more things to the world than she could ever have imagined and leaves her seeking the answer to the nagging question, “Who is really mad?”
You can read the interview in its entirety here: Joan De la Haye