People like to pigeonhole. People like to label - not just books and movies, but everything in their life. If people want to call me 'literary horror,' I guess that's fine. What I'm trying to do is be both thrilling and thought-provoking.
I don't flinch from darkness, but I've always been bothered by what I call gore-nography.
I grew up in western Oregon, just outside Eugene, on 27 wooded acres that served as my playground.
I grew up on genre. If it had a dragon on the cover, I was interested. But horror, especially, really gripped me in its bony fist.
I typically spend a year thinking about a book before I begin writing it.