Welcome to Women In Horror month!
Select Your Weapons Carefully
Lori’s novels are dark or fantastic. Her poems are horrific or witty. Her stories could be anything, except some things. Her artwork is peculiar, brooding, and quirky like her!
I select weapons carefully and strive for accuracy. My story “Cornstalker” in the anthology DEAD HARVEST featured several medieval blades, which were fun to include. A slender axe was named Francesca, the mace called Morning Star. There was a battle-axe mentioned too, with double blades, and a warhammer. But the biggest and most formidable weapon of the story was a Mack Truck hauling a trailer. I had to research how to drive one so I could describe it. I don’t drive, period. I used a variety of things in the title tale for my horror collection ODDS AND ENDS: from glass shards and a chainsaw to the blades of a blender, hatchets and axes, flies and birds, a weed-trimmer . . . It’s a bit twisted.
I also like to use objects that aren’t actual weapons or even considered dangerous. My works usually contain humor, whatever the other genres involved, and you never know what might happen. Playing cards were flung like knives during a scene for “Mindless”, an apocalyptic story published in ODDS AND ENDS. I was thinking about how painful a papercut can be and thought, Why not?
The latest weapon I’ve wielded for writing was an Excalibur replica in a new dark poem, “monsters and men” . . . although the pen is mightier than the sword, as we know. The piece centers on the power of words.
And thanks to W.J. Howard for organizing all of the fun!