May Is Short Story Month. Week Two. Let’s Dream Darkly with Charles L. Grant
Tuesday’s Tale of Quiet Horror May 8, 2018 READING FICTION BLOG
When All the Children Call My Name by Charles L. Grant (1981)
Because May is Short Story Month, I am featuring more short fiction for these weeks ahead. Here is one of my favorite authors for “quiet horror” stories. What is quiet horror? In this subgenre are stories that have a strong sense of the mysterious that stimulate the intellect and catches the emotion. No violence. Nothing offensive. But lots of tension in the plot action and characterization. Most quiet horror is atmospheric with descriptive prose and setting, sometimes just a little bit poetic. It brings on feelings of suspension and cold dread. It expands the imagination. It opens up the philosophic. In literature and art there is the ‘negative space’ and quiet horror is fully there. Many readers prefer to call this subgenre literary horror. Center stage in these stories are the characters and their rising fear of the supernatural, discarnate spirits, evil powers, and sinister murderers.
Charles L. Grant is well-known as the king of quiet horror. Grant is highly skilled at deep suspense and making a reader turn the page with expectation. In a Dark Dream is Grant’s award-winning novel (Bram Stoker Award for Fiction) that inspired me to write my own quiet horror novel about dreams of darkness in Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural (winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award). The metaphysical action of dreaming is fertile ground for creative writing and scary novels.
Here is one of Grant’s short stories
When All the Children Call My Name. Read it at Nightmare Magazine and
… scream quietly:
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