This week we welcome Colorado-bred Christina Bergling, author of The Rest Will Come, The Waning, and numerous short story collections.
Tell us a bit about you and your writing
I have been writing as long as I can remember. The first thing I remember writing was short Halloween stories every October, even before my sentences made sense or my handwriting was legible. I knew I wanted to be a writer when we did an authoring unit in my 4th grade class.
I started publishing in college and experimenting with genres and styles. Ultimately, horror seemed to be my calling. I was drawn to the bizarre and disturbing. I use the writing to exorcise the demons hiding in my head.
What in your opinion makes good horror?
Fear makes good horror. For fear to be effective, I think it needs to be relatable. The audience needs to connect with the story and the characters for the fear to be created. The real unnerving horror is complex and multi-layered.
How do you feel about flash fiction as a medium for horror?
Flash fiction is an excellent medium for horror. The brevity makes the horror more ambiguous, leaves more questions—both of which simply make it scarier. It is just a glimpse at something terrible with no explanation or true resolve.
What is your favourite horror short story?
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
What scares you the most and what is your favourite horror scene/passage/novel?
I find real horror to be the most terrifying. Things that could actually happen in my life. As a mother, anything happening to my family is the worst.
My favorite horror scene is when Johnny Depp dies in A Nightmare on Elm Street. It is simply brilliant, graphic, and iconic.
Please give us a one sentence horror story!
Groping into the void, you realize they are gone and you are alone in the shapeless black.