Writing the Uncanny
How does the Uncanny make us sit uncomfortably in our chairs, to glance at the shadows as they shift in the corner of the room, to survey our own reflection with doubt and fear? Dan Coxon and Richard V. Hirst asked some of the best writers of the Uncanny to explain how and why they choose to work with horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction and folklore. Authors such as Jeremy Dyson, Alison Moore, Jenn Ashworth, and Lucie McKnight Hardy consider psychogeography, fairy tales, cultural tradition, ghost stories, and altogether different approaches to the genre. ‘Writing The Uncanny’ is a guide for both the casual reader and the aspiring writer of strange tales.
From M.R. James to Shirley Jackson, the Uncanny has long provided fertile ground for writers – and recent years have seen a notable resurgence in both literature and film. But how does the Uncanny work? What can a writer do to ensure their fiction haunts the reader’s imagination? Writing the Uncanny sees some of the best contemporary authors explain what drew them to horror, ghost stories, folklore and beyond, and reveal how to craft unsettling fiction which resonates. Authors such as Jeremy Dyson, Alison Moore, Jenn Ashworth and Catriona Ward share their insights on psychogeography, fairy tales, cultural tradition and the supernatural, and offer practical advice on their different approaches to the genre. Writing the Uncanny is an essential guide for both the casual reader and the aspiring writer of strange tales.