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All Quotes by author - Paul G. Tremblay
" After my debut didn't go very well with Holt, I needed to be in a healthier head space. I was happy to emerge from there. You will always have those negative thoughts as a writer, but you can't let them take over. If you let them take over, those are the real page killers. "
" 'A Head Full of Ghosts' was my first full horror novel, and that felt like coming home as a writer. "
" A large part of the appeal of this novel when I was lucky enough to stumble across the story idea for 'A Head Full of Ghosts' was that I'd finally be writing a horror novel. In a lot of ways, the book is both my criticism of and love letter to horror. "
" Ambiguity and the horror of possibility play a part in so many of my favorite horror stories: Shirley Jackson's 'We Will Always Live in the Castle,' Mark Danielewski's 'House of Leaves,' Victor LaValle's 'Big Machine,' Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' Stewart O'Nan's 'The Speed Queen,' and so many more. "
" Ambiguity is a big part of this post-truth world we're living in. "
" Ambiguity is our permanent state, isn't it? We don't like it being so. Most of us crave order and routine, and yet yawning before us is our future, as frightening as it is thrilling. "
" Any day in which I get writing done is ideal to me. "
" As an adult, I've learned to cope and pull the plug on the worst what-ifs before my mind takes me to a place from which I can't return. "
" Chance, choice, and consequence are fundamental parts of existence and perfect fodder for a horror story - or any story, for that matter, that asks, 'How do you live through this? How does anyone live through this?' "
" Crime, horror, and satire each aim to reveal an ugly or uncomfortable truth: one that, after the reveal, will ensure we'll never be the same. The big difference between those genres being the effect they create. "
" For too many of our citizens, Christianity has become entwined with the ecstatic worship of the gun and violence. For the adherents, there is no compassion, no love thy neighbor, no peace, no reason, and God only helps those who arm themselves. "
" Getting into graduate school was pure luck. "
" Horror is often about how we live in the liminal, whether we want to or not. "
" How children attempt to deal with everyday comedies and tragedies, and mortality, is universal and ultimately such a large part of what it means to be human. "
" I always wanted to write a book that would have people talking, theorizing, arguing. "
" I became a reader - never mind a writer - because of Stephen King. "
" I don't consciously sit down thinking I'm blurring genre lines, for the most part. I try to stay focused solely on serving the needs of the particular story on which I'm working. "
" I do remember dancing in my living room when my short story 'The Laughing Man Meets Little Cat' won a Chizine fiction contest in 2002. "
" I feel like too many horror writers and filmmakers sort of just assume that the default is, 'The horror movie must be all atmosphere first and everything else second.' "
" If what needs to get done is going to get done, then I can't screw around with the luxury of writing rituals or waiting for pristine writing conditions to magically materialize. "
" I have to admit to being a music snob. I think, in a parallel universe, I pretty easily could have been Jack Black's character from 'High Fidelity,' working in a record store and snidely commenting on everyone's purchases. "
" I'm a daydreamer - a purposeful one when I'm writing fiction. "
" I'm certainly no hardcore backpacker, but I do enjoy being out in the woods for a few hours. "
" I'm harsh on myself. But let's be honest: I'm not as harsh as the online one-star critic who says, 'This book is boring and stupid and smells like poo.' "
" Independent horror movies have really stepped up the game, and hopefully mainstream Hollywood will follow suit. "
" In the early 2000s, I started selling some short stories to horror markets. I joined the Horror Writers Association. "
" I think I got serious about writing in the late '90s. The first stuff I wrote was terrible and got rejected, but I started getting more encouraging rejection letters. "
" I usually dread writing non-fiction. I don't feel comfortable or confident writing essays and the like. "
" I've been a fan of horror and studying it for as long as I can remember. "
" I want folks to take horror seriously. "
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