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Don’t turn on the light: Fear of the Dark
- edited by Maria Grazia Cavicchioli &
Jason Rolfe - now available as an ebook!
ABOUT HORROR BOUND
TABLE OF CONTENTS / ABOUT FEAR OF THE DARK’S AUTHORS
EXCERPTS FROM THE ANTHOLOGY
> INTRODUCTION BY PAUL KANE
> “A DISTINCTIVE CURIOSITY” BY DAVID INGALLS (excerpt)
> “NOCTURNAL VISIONS” BY MARK LESLIE (excerpt)
> “FOR FEAR OF LITTLE MEN” BY SANDRA M. ODELL (excerpt)
INTERVIEWS WITH THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE ANTHOLOGY
> MARIA GRAZIA CAVICCHIOLI, Co-Editor/Founder, Horror Bound
> JASON ROLFE, Co-Editor/Former Associate Editor, Horror Bound
> CHRISTOPHER FOWLER, Author, “The Man In the Rain”
> PAUL KANE, Author, “Keeper of the Light”
> LISA MANNETTI, Author, “Spy Glass Hill”
> AARON POLSON, Author, “Keeping the Dead”
AN INTERVIEW WITH
‘FEAR OF THE DARK’ CO-EDITOR
MARIA GRAZIA CAVICCHIOLI
Maria Grazia Cavicchioli founded Horror Bound as an online
magazine in 2008, releasing an anthology of short fiction
inspired by Edgar Allan Poe a year later, Return of the Raven.
The second anthology by Horror Bound, Fear of the Dark, is
now available for the first time as an ebook. In this interview,
Maria reflects on the formation of Horror Bound, its
anthologies, and hints at the possibilities of new work coming
out in the future.
How did Horror Bound come into being?
I had always believed that horror was misunderstood as a
genre. I wanted to bring it up to the level of the “literary.” I
attempted to do that with Horror Bound and I think I was quite
successful at it. Horror as a genre usually brings up visions of
blood and gore and the SAW movies (laughter). I had always
known that it went beyond that. Horror is very much about the
human condition. I frequently asked the writers what it was
that drew them to the horror genre and they more often than
not said that it was indeed the human condition.
When I asked award-winning author Gary Braunbeck that
question he said, “I want a reason for this. I want a reason for
babies born with cancer, for the endless supply of thoughtless
cruelties both little and large that we inflict on one another on
an everyday basis, for old folks who are abandoned to die
alone and unwanted and unloved; I want an explanation,
please, for all of the soul-sick, broken-hearted people who
become so hollowed by their aloneness that they turn on the
gas, eat the business end of a shotgun, or find a ceiling beam
that can take their weight. I want sense made of this, I want to
know the reason why... and since none is forthcoming either
from above or from those around me, I've decided to try and
find the answer on my own, and so far the best - the only -
way for me to work toward this is through writing horror
stories.” Sarah Langan and Ramsay Campbell (also fantastic
writers) had very similar answers.
Horror Bound Magazine was very well received – a great deal
of interactivity and engagement with the community of
writers, artists, and fans. How did your idea turn into such a
highly regarded virtual space that brought these people
It was the level of respect that I had for the writers and the fan
base and for the genre itself. I had always believed that dark
fiction/horror deserved the same level of respect that the
other genres had and Horror Bound reflected that. Someone
called it a “classy magazine”. Unlike some of the other online
pubs we did not have pictures of blood and gore on our
pages. (laughter). Zombies were rarely a topic of discussion.
Two anthologies came out of Horror Bound Magazine. What
inspired the first one, Return of the Raven, and how did the
second one, Fear of the Dark – now out as an ebook – come
Return of the Raven was inspired by my love for the work of
Edgar Allan Poe. I had loved his work since my early teens. I
still do. In fact I think his work inspired the creation of Horror
Bound. Unbeknownst to me at the time, 2009 was also the
200th anniversary of his birth. That was quite a surprise as I
had planned to have the book released 2009 without that
Fear of the Dark was inspired by the concept of the dark and
how people related it. I wanted to understand what it was
about the dark that scares us so much. What archetype does it
serve? It seems to be a worldwide phenomenon. It was my
attempt to have that question answered.
Fear of the Dark is an ambitious anthology – 20 writers, 300
pages, and all very solid dark stories. I particularly find it
striking how you and Jason arranged the stories in a way
where some elements interconnected – for example, dolls!
Were those connections accidental? Is that way of connecting
stories something unique to this anthology, or was it inspired
by other anthologies of stories you’ve come across?
I think the arrangement of the stories was coincidental or
happening at a subconscious level. The anthology features the
work of some of the greatest dark fiction writers out there
The calibre of the writing in Fear of the Dark is outstanding.
Many of them had a feel of a “classic” horror story, while
others were quite edgy, but still literary. This literary aspect
has always been central to Horror Bound, hasn’t it? Is this part
of what differentiates Fear of the Dark from other horror genre
Exactly right. The caliber of the stories is outstanding and we
managed to get some of the greatest writers in the genre
today. Horror Bound (both the epub and the publishing
venture) has always been about showing the public how
important horror and dark fiction is as a genre. It covers some
very important themes and topics. Also about showcasing
those fantastic writers whose fiction gets to the core of the
human condition. How it very much belongs to the literary
Eventually, you decided Horror Bound Magazine had to end.
What brought about that decision?
We were around for about 5-6 years and I felt it was time to
move on. You never know. I might be back in another form
It certainly is wonderful to have you back with an ebook
version of Fear of the Dark to share. Do you foresee new work
coming from Horror Bound?
Thanks very much. We are thrilled to have the ebook made
available to the public. As for more work – that’s an option.
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