Ginger Nuts of Horror
It seems like every time I turn around, someone in the horror community feels entitled to something, spends his or her time badmouthing other horror authors or reviewers, or is generally being an asshole. Like others, I find myself tiring of the constant drivel that spews out of people’s fingers as they hide behind the anonymity and isolation of their computer screens. Although I could name some of those people, I don’t want to give them the satisfaction of having someone speak their names, especially on a site as well-known as this one. You all know who they are and they don’t deserve the attention.
That said, I’ve taken it upon myself to write something positive. I want to give a shout out to some of my favourite people in the horror community. These people are truly nice, caring individuals who have demonstrated not only their immense talent, but their desire to enrich the lives of the people they interact with. As I write this, it occurs to me that I will undoubtedly leave someone out and for that, I am truly sorry.
Jim McLeod, Mr. Ginger Nuts himself, the beloved owner of this very website. Thank you for taking a chance on a lowly American writer who wanted to join the best horror website in the UK. You’re always there to offer support and assistance to your friends and you offer fair, unbiased reviews dripping with integrity. You will always have my respect and admiration. I honestly don’t know how you work a “real” job and keep the enormous amount of content on this site up to date and relevant.
Paul M. Feeney, thank you for offering help and advice any time I ask for it, even when I think I’m asking stupid questions. Thank you for speaking out against those who are less than kind on the different social media sites, and thank you for writing some absolutely fabulous stories. I am proud to call you my friend.
Chris Barnes, thank you for igniting my love of audio books with your enthusiasm and love of the horror genre. I am and always will be your biggest fan. You never fail to add a new element to the stories you narrate, even when I’ve previously read them, and in my humble opinion, no narrator comes close to displaying your level of talent.
Matt Shaw, thank you for sparking my love of extreme horror. Before finding your books, I preferred tame horror, but now, I can’t get enough of your stories, even when your books turn my stomach. Thank you for being so open with your battle with depression, something I struggle with every day. I love your sense of humour and how you never feel “above” anyone else. I am so glad we connected.
Chantal Noordeloos, you already know how I feel about you, but I wanted to give you a shout out here. You are one of the sweetest people I have ever met, online or in real life. Thank you for taking time out of your day to talk to me and for being a lot of fun. You’re awesome sauce. *wink*
Allison M. Dickson, before I read your short story Dust, I was one of those close-minded people who thought women couldn’t write horror as well as men. That story disturbed the hell out of me and since then, not only have I checked out more of your books, but have found some outstanding female horror authors, (Jaime Johnessee, Tonia Brown, Holli Moncrieff and Maggie James, just to name a few) and for that, I thank you.
Iain Rob Wright, thank you for writing some of the best horror stories I’ve ever read. Animal Kingdom, Sam, and The Final Winter come to mind. Thank you for sharing your self-publishing tips and letting your readers get to know your beautiful family.
Graeme Reynolds, before reading High Moor for the first time, I avoided werewolf stories the way I avoid vampires today. The High Moor series is a perfect example of a sub-genre done right and I instantly fell in love with the characters in your books. Now that HM3 is finished, I’m eagerly anticipating what you will come up with next. Thank you for showing me that werewolves can be scary.
I read a meme the other day on Facebook that said something like, “The best way to thank an author is by telling others about their books.” So, using Ginger Nuts as the effective platform it is, I am telling you that these authors all deserve your business. Looking for your next extreme horror read? Matt Shaw is your man. Want to try a new audio book? Go to Audible and look up Chris Barnes. Feel a need to read some apocalyptic fiction? Check out Iain Rob Wright’s The Final Winter, The Gates, or Allison M. Dickson’s Dust. Graeme Reynolds is the werewolf master and Chantal Noordeloos will make you fear nuns forever. These authors are not only fantastic storytellers, but amazing people as well.
We’re all here because of our love of the genre so let’s make a bigger effort to support Indie authors and presses, and to just get along. Authors put their hearts and souls into the books they decide to share with us and they deserve a little recognition every now and then.
To all of you who stuck with me through this article, a big thank you to you as well. Can you think of some authors or other prominent horror contributors I’ve missed? If so, give them a shout out in the comments.