What’s your favorite horror film?
Oh, gosh, there’s so many good ones to choose, but I truly do love “The Exorcist.” Much of the source material for William Peter Blatty’s novel occurred in St. Louis where I live. At one of my former jobs, I knew a woman who a parishioner of one of the priests involved in the exorcism. I recently told my agent this and we had a six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon moment but horror movie-style. In truth, the real story behind the exorcism is fascinating and terrifying whether you’re a person of faith or not. I first saw the movie when I was too young to have watched it, and I’m pretty sure it damaged me beyond repair. For years, on gloomy Sundays, I’d watch “The Exorcist” and “The Shining” back to back.
I also love Hitchcock’s “Rebecca.” It’s not jump-out-of-your-seat scary, but it’s the awful sense of what horrible thing will Mrs. Danvers unleash upon the second Mrs. De Winter next that brings such a keen sense of dread, which as a Gothic writer I love.
Music can truly allow the ability to lose oneself in the moment. Is there a song that left such an emotional impact on you that it inspired you to write? Tell us about that experience?
My late parents were musicians, and music is a visceral thing for me. Certain chords, certain harmonies sweep up emotions in me that I almost can’t put into words.
When I was writing A MURDER OF MAGPIES, it was Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk” that kept haunting me. It’s a pretty little instrumental piece from the 1950s. But the slide guitar in it is mournful. That was Vayda. Modest Mouse recorded a version heavily inspired by it where Isaac Brook added lyrics. “A white trash boy listening to his headphones blasting white noise in the convenience store parking lot…” That was Ward. I must’ve had six or seven different versions of “Sleepwalk” by various artists on my playlist when I wrote MAGPIES back in 2008.
Her book A Murder of Magpies is set to release September 2014.
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