Here I am, a fantasy author. I will read practically anything, but my favorite is fantasy. However, I have a confession to make.
My first love was horror. Stephen King knocked my socks off in high school. Pet Semetary gave me the heebie jeebies and to this day, I still can't look at that book without getting chills.
These days, that book seems tame compared to some of the other horror I've read. I am also a huge horror movie buff. But I get tired of the same old Vampire/Zombie stories. The horror movie has to be good. Scream was really good. My brother, at Halloween, would re-enact some scenes on his front lawn scaring the poo out of (older) kids. It was great! *Insert evil grin here* My daughter has followed in my footsteps as far as scary movies go. She's shown me some pretty cool ones lately that I missed. How could I miss those!?
When I fell into fantasy (no, not literally... well, maybe) I read those "Choose your own adventure" books. Later on, I got into the Elf Quest graphic novels. Melanie Rawn and David Eddings became my absolute favorites. I read a lot of Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance. I even wrote a fable in high school (an actual assignment) based off of a Forgotten Realms book I had just fell in love with. Can't remember which it was now, but you get the idea. My second confession is that I did not read Lord of the Rings until the first movie came out. I'm expecting lots of comments on that little tidbit, lemme tell ya. Ha ha!
So why, do you ask, do I have so many horror author friends?? Quite honestly, I cannot explain it either. Lots of my friends have fallen into the Horror Genre. I know very few people on Face Book or even here in the blogging community that write fantasy. If you know anyone in the fantasy genre that I don't know, would you direct me to them please? I'd be delighted.