Our blog tour is back, and this time we’re doing it Halloween style!
It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged. To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.
This week, I’m thrilled to host the wicked R J Theodore… Take it away, R J!
Is there any difference between Horror and Thriller? If so, what is it?
While I think horror and thriller genres belong under the same umbrella, I do see them as attacking the reader in different ways. Many thrillers are spy novels, where the death and peril is dished out in a battle of competency. Who will win? The well-trained assassin or the many whose job it is to stop him? Who will win? The talented FBI agent or the serial killer she’s tasked with finding? Generally the protagonist prevails because they draw on some skill or life experience that answers the need of their particular situation.
In horror, often the antagonist is a supernatural force – whether a mind made unstoppable by a need for vengeance or an eldritch entity crawling out of the sea. Generally there is an expectation that the things that would kill a normal person won’t harm them, or at least wouldn’t stop them for long. The main character is attempting to survive, tripping and stumbling in their flight, until the fear is so overwhelming that it’s burned away, leaving nothing but an inner resolve to just live one more day.
In the thriller, the particular situation is generally settled and the protagonist achieves some advancement as the result of overcoming it. In horror, often the antagonist survives, or is reborn, either to hunt our protagonist for the rest of their life, or to choose a new victim.
Favorite October Food?
Once upon a time the answer to this would easily have been an apple cake recipe that we clipped out of a newspaper long ago. It’s a thin crumbly cake with slices of apple baked into the top and it was delicious!
Now, I’ve been sugar-and-grain free for three years, so I just enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee on the porch in the cool autumn mornings. Not that I don’t drink coffee all summer, but as the days grow shorter and cooler, I always enjoy it more.
R J Theodore is a graphic designer, illustrator, and author. Her first series of novels, the Peridot Shift series, launched in March 2018 with the publication of FLOTSAM through Parvus Press. A Science Fiction and Fantasy enthusiast of any format, she draws from a lifetime of SFF influences to craft stories with irreverent physics, irresponsible gods, and unforgettable characters. She writes both long-form novels and shorter works, including the ongoing self-published Phantom Traveler novella series which began with THE BANTAM and continues, one episode at a time, for her supporters on Patreon.
Mx. Theodore first began inventing worlds before she could spell the words it took to describe them. Her earliest stories were rendered in pipe cleaners, shoe boxes, and modified plastic milk jugs. There is, somewhere on a floppy disk in a landfill, a partially written Star Trek fanfic that the Parvus Press team would pay a bounty to retrieve. Of Mx. Theodore’s more recent story crafting, SFF author Jennifer Foehner Wells says, “R J Theodore is a fresh voice who will soon be on your must-read list!”
Mx. Theodore is fueled by coffee and churrasco.
THE BANTAM (A Phantom Traveler Novella): http://amzn.to/2mfNqxX
Ehli never expected much from her life. She’s an Iscillian, designed in a lab to serve as custodian for a Xendari merchant crew, with no future beyond the warranty of their starship. When she reads two previously overlooked lines in the ship’s operations manual that cast doubt on everything she thought she knew about her existence, the satisfaction she once found in her simple life dissolves into an unsettling obsession with learning the truth.
She is expected to report for duty, complete her assignments, and rest until her next shift. To put the needs of the ship and crew before her own. She knows better than to expect the oh-so-vertebrate Xendari to help her find the answers she craves, but every step she takes investigating her origins – and that of all Iscillian serving as bioaccessories across the galaxy – takes her further from the life she knew, and deeper into danger.
But she can’t ignore what she’s learned. She must know what secrets have been kept from her, and she’s willing to risk everything to uncover them.
Look for more harrowing fun at:
Pat Esden’s Mythmaker Blog
R J Theodore’s website
Ken Schrader’s It’s All In My Head
K Bird Lincoln’s What I Should Have Said
Janet Walden-West’s Blog
I’m so excited to be hosting the following authors on these dates:
October 1: Pat Esden
October 8: R J Theodore
October 15: Ken Schrader
October 22: K Bird Lincoln
October 29: Janet Walden-West
Stayed tuned for all the interviews!