Women in Horror Q&A with N. M. Scuri
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Tell us about yourself:
I write dark stuff. I work with Byron Rempel and we make illustrated sentence horror stories.
Why do you dig horror?
Horror makes sense to me. It’s how my mind works. Some people see a sunset on the lake, and I see a swamp monster thirsting for blood. My mom raised me on Hammer films and Edgar Allan Poe. You can thank her for how I turned out.
Tell us about some of your projects. Say as much as you want!
Byron and I have worked together for over three years on www.twosentencehorrors.com. We publish a new illustrated Two sentence horror story twice a week, every week, and we’ve recently published our 300th story. We’re proud of what we have been able to accomplish, and we’re not stopping.
As for myself, I’ve published several short stories, and I’m currently working on a novel based on one of Byron’s paintings.
How has being a woman in the industry helped / hurt you?
I write under my initials because when I started writing, I wanted to keep my literary pursuits separate from my teaching work. As a result, sometimes people don’t realize that the book they’re reading was written by a woman. I do, however, hear people say that they avoid works written by women. They’ll tell me they don’t want to read books with “sparkling vampires.”
That’s a large part of the problem. People need to be exposed to the movies, novels, and other works written by women, especially POC. There is a whole world out there.
Tell a woman who wants to get into horror something you wish someone had told you.
Don’t hide. Don’t be afraid of who you are and what you love. That fear bleeds into your storytelling and the reader can smell it. This is not a good thing. Be brave enough to tell your tale.