This week we are thrilled to have with us novelist and poet, Chris Botragyi.
Hi Chris and welcome to Horror Scribes. Please start by telling us a bit about you and your writing.
Hi there. I’m Chris Botragyi, 43 and originally from Frinton-on-Sea, but currently live in Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend. I’m a Student Learning Coach at South Essex College and the author of science fiction horror novel Blurred Vision, and psychological horror poetry anthology Dark Days. My writing reflects my fascination with the darkest, deepest recesses of the human psyche, and how we react to circumstance and what lies ahead of us.
What in your opinion makes good horror?
Good horror for me is all about mood, contrast, tension and gore. Mood sets the scene from light to dark, contrasting this pure innocence that becomes stained – tainted – by the dark. Building tension to the point where the reader/movie goer reacts before the gore is great! Gore is pure horror of old, but it only works in my opinion if it’s relevant to what’s happening.
How do you feel about flash fiction as a medium for horror?
Horror is horror, no matter the medium; it doesn’t matter how long or short a story is. If it’s written well and contains the specific ingredients required, then it will do the job. I feel that flash fiction can ultimately get the same desired effect as that of the novel. Essentially it gets straight to the point. I guess you could say that my poetry is flash fiction as to its content and context. It is important in respect of getting unknown voices heard more loudly.
What is your favourite horror short story?
My favourite short story would have to be John W. Campbell’s 1938 novella Who Goes There. It was the basis for movies The Thing from Another World and The Thing. It contains all of the elements needed for a great story. The movies, especially the latter, was a horror masterclass in storytelling and visual nightmares!
What scares you the most and what is your favourite horror scene/passage/novel?
Alien abduction really scares me! The thought of being taken against your will, against something so powerful and advanced is terrifying. That is partly why I wrote Blurred Vision because it plays on not only my, but the reader’s psychological fears. Although I’m fascinated by this subject, we all fear what we don’t understand deep down. As for a favourite horror novel? I don’t think I have one – there are so many great books out there that I couldn’t possibly choose! Though one favourite is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, though many may refute the ‘horror’ as more as macabre.
Please give us a one sentence horror story!
Hmmm, a short story in one sentence… Would have to be along the lines of: I was born into the light, before the blood stained my soul with its darkness and my death…