Why I Write Stories That Go Bump in the Night

By Brent King On July 26, 2014 Under Christian Fantasy, Writing

Monsters_UniversityFrom my youngest years, things that go bump in the night have impacted me. My first response to the scariest things of this world was fear—the fear driven by self-preservation, the fear prompted by the unknown.

I Wanted To Know Why

Gradually, this fear gave way to curiosity. What were these threats in the dark? Why did vampires suck blood and zombies eat flesh? Was there a reason why they haunted our tales?

There Is a Reason

At last I discovered that there is reason why the boogieman lurks in our bedrooms and cemeteries. It is because death reigns in this world. In death the spirit is torn from the body, creating two halves: the ghost and the zombie. These are staples of horror.

A Reunion of Ghosts and Zombies

Yet there is another story that is told in our world, a story of hope. I learned this story when I was young. I wasn’t damned to be eternally ripped in two, if I would accept the cure. The cure could take my ghost and my zombie and sew me back together again.

Good Stories Are Our Greatest Teachers, Especially Those About the Boogieman 

Today I am still moved by things that go bump in the night, but instead of being objects of fear and death, they are metaphors of life and hope. Since the creatures of the night so closely represent my condition, there is much I can learn from stories about them.

So I write these stories—stories that can take us from the paralyzing fear of demons and darkness to an understanding of our mortal condition and the way to escape that boogieman. These stories of darkness are stories of hope. To understand a werewolf (or any other creature of the night) is to understand myself and my fate in this world—or my destiny.

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