Something in the Blood
Each of us, I believe, has a dream of doing or accomplishing something. That one thing you just have to do before you die. For me, that dream was books – reading them and writing them. As a child I was all about books, particularly horror. I enjoyed anything that could unsettle or frighten me. Strange for a child, I think, remembering how I used to sneak Stephen King books from my brother’s bedroom when I should have been reading children’s literature. But it was almost something that I was born with, something in the blood, so to speak.
Growing up, I watched, read and breathed horror. I sat before the television set, awe-struck at The Exorcist and other classic films, and read stories by master horror authors such as Koontz, Poe and King. I knew instinctively that this was what I wanted to do: scare people. And I mean that in the nicest possible way!
When people ask me why I write horror, I find it almost impossible to answer. It seems that horror was a part of my life from my earliest memories, and I can say honestly that it’s simply not a choice: it’s just who I am, it’s just what comes to me when I sit down to write. I don’t think I can question why I write horror anymore than I can ask a singer why he sings. It’s natural, it’s just what happens.
My new novel, The Banishing, which has just been released with publisher Damnation Books, explores horror of a different kind. Evil – demonic or human? – that creeps into our everyday life and starts to take over. I had a seed of an idea about demons. I wondered this: if demons are real, then can they worm their way into our lives and make us act against our will, our nature? From that The Banishing arrived. It’s a story about Melissa, who is married to a wonderful, dedicated man. But he starts acting strangely. Then displaying a temper. Then he is abusive. Is this his real nature coming through – or are their realms of angels and demons, each reaching out to us in our everyday lives to influence the choices we make?
I hope that, beneath a good story and a creepy read, that The Banishing may raise some moral and ethical questions to the reader. If you enjoy it, then I’ve accomplished the one thing I dreamt of since I was a child – writing books and having people enjoy them. It’s all I’ve wanted, it’s in my blood. What’s in yours?
If you would like to order a copy of Fiona Dodwell’s novel, The Banishing, it is available as paperback or e-book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Damnation Books.You can find out more about the author here at:
Book Description: When Melissa first notices the change in her husband – subtle at first – she thinks it may be the stress of moving into their new home. Or working long hours. But soon her husband turns into something far darker, far more sinister. Who or what is the dark shadow living beneath her husband? What is haunting him? Melissa must quickly find the answer to these questions, because Mark is changing, and fast. Soon her fight will be for her life, as well as for her marriage.
Fiona Dodwell lives in the UK with her husband. She has studied an unusual mixture over the years, from film studies, theology and drama to psychology.
She grew up with a deep passion for horror, both in film and literature, and greatly admires the works of Stephen King, Susan Hill, Adam Neville and Bill Hussey.
She began entering fiction contests at a young age, winning several, and had some of her poems published.
Her first novel to be published, The Banishing, is a dark story exploring demonic possession and domestic abuse. She is currently submitting her second novel, The Obsession, for possible publication and is enjoying writing her third.
Thank you Fiona for stopping by today.