Why I Write Horror

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by JeanNicole Rivers

Horror is life, real life in its most raw physical nature, but simultaneously abstract. It is everything boiled down into spine tingling minutes and seconds that require one to make decisions that could change everything. I write horror for many reasons but mostly because of all genres, it is the only one that sticks to me long after the book has ended and the credits have run, like spots of blood on one’s hand that refuse to wash away. It sleeps with me, nudging me in side late into the night. It disturbs me.

Horror feels more real than any other genre. I have always preferred real and true, no matter how dirty, over all of the comfortable and pretty things and that is exactly what horror delivers. The situations in horror, life or death, kill or die, save them or save myself are the closest we come to seeing who we truly are in the deepest places of our psychic and physical being and this is what produces that oh so well-known adrenaline pump that hooks people to the screen, not allowing them to look away.

Living those moments over and over has the power to give us a true glimpse into the mirror and sometimes, ironically enough, that is the most frightening thing of all.

Black Water Tales: The Unwanted
by JeanNicole Rivers
Publication date: March 31st 2016
Genres: Adult, Horror

In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children.

Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted.

The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help… There’s something in the basement.

About the Author

I was born in the tiny, but lovable town of Centralia, IL which has a two screen movie theatre, one high school and still celebrates May Fete, so I had no choice, but to develop a fantastic imagination. Since childhood I have been writing everything from short stories to songs, but I have always aspired to compose a novel. Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers is my first novel and the first book in what will be a series of thriller novels.

Philosophy was my study in college and I received a Bachelor of Arts in the subject from Florida International University. Writing is one of my most favored artistic pursuits, but my love for the arts does not stop there, I am also a vocalist and actress and participate in local theater in Houston Texas.

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2 thoughts on “Why I Write Horror

  1. I enjoyed reading this guest post. I like how Jean Nicole’s writing style is practically the same whether she’s writing fiction or a guest post.
    The book is by all means a must-read.
    I think I’ll be looking at horror from a new perspective now.

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