Why is dark fiction important? Why is any fiction important? It fulfills a need, I suppose, one that caters to the darker side of humanity.
What do the words “literary horror” mean to you? People always ask what makes horror “literary,” and I guess the easiest answer you can give is, “Well, I know it when I read it.” For me, I think it’s genre fiction that attempts to transcend the genre in order to tell a story larger than itself. It’s when an author attempts to contribute something unique to the canon of fiction as opposed to rehashing the same tired storylines over and over again without adding anything new to the genre. It’s fiction that resonates on a level higher than the merely visceral.