"I refuse to play it safe or be defined by any specific genre."
I am not strictly a horror writer. I write Fantasy. I write Drama. I write Supernatural Romance. I write Comedy. I write fun. I write comical, amusing and humorous. I write Disturbing. I write Get Your Attention. In short, I write to add value to your life. Pablo Picasso said, "Everything you can imagine is real." Norman Mailer said, "You end up with a literary reputation that's built by your detractors." I say what I want and hope you find something inspiring, interesting, enjoyable and valuable in my words. “Horror is not a genre, like the mystery or science fiction or the western. It is not a kind of fiction, meant to be confined to the ghetto of a special shelf in libraries or bookstores. Horror is an emotion.”
—Douglas E. Winter
My life and the events surrounding my life have shaped the voice of the multitude of my statements. In a similar sense that the Civil War helped produce Mark Twain and Walt Whitman - and World War II generated J.D. Salinger - and the Vietnam War generated Richard Brautigan, Stephen King, Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut. I have The Beatles, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Watergate, the 9 years I spent in active duty military service, the Iran/Contra Affair, guns at my head, Chernobyl, 9/11, the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and Wilma and the Tsunami in Thailand and my 4 divorces. And then there is the beauty: the birth of all of my children, surviving free-fall mishaps from 12,000 feet, the joys of helping someone less fortunate, and the bliss and the wonder of love. Through all of this, I have found a very special joy in writing fiction for it is in fiction that I have found the greatest truth to share with myself and others. And the definition of my work, in addition to what I have to tell you, is an amalgamation of the interpretation of my work from my passionate detractors along with those who choose to be dedicated loyalists.
I find that horror is the original form of storytelling. That's what I remember from history and that's what I remember as a child. My parents told us ghost stories, stories about monsters and also used these dark, horrific tales to assist in modifying some of our mischievous behavior. My grandmother, especially on my paternal side of the family, told numerous stories of evil, disaster, and horror, filled with portents of death and fear. We loved every minute of it. Therefore, over the years, I must admit, I have been drawn into some pretty dark themes and have certainly been immersed in horrific elements, but there is so much more to writing fiction - in my world and from my point of view. You'll find a lot of things here - not only in written content but also in appearance and imagery. It may seem at first glance that incongruity rules the domain you have entered. You may believe you are hallucinating or experiencing an illusion. And sometimes... you will be right. On my pages where I give the themes of horror full rein, there will be a distinct feeling that something is in the room with you. You might also find elegance and culture. You may even discern that you've stumbled upon the virtues of refinement and quality. Your discoveries may lead you to acquire pearls of wisdom and succulent good taste and then you may find yourself in your beautiful house and in your beautiful car exposed to moments of what may appear to be vulgarity and momentarily shocking crudity. It may seem demented - at times. Remember: things are not always as they appear. I refuse to be defined by any specific genre. I march to the beat of my own conundrum. You will undoubtedly find instances that you feel inclined to unfold an umbrella and sip Champagne. Go ahead. Satiate yourself. Feed your desires. Moderation in all things - including moderation. Sometimes, we must abstain. Then in order to respect the true balance of the Universe, we must indulge. There are times we must ride the center-line - the place most people feel the safest. In reality, it can be the most dangerous place to force yourself to remain - especially if you're driving. Enjoy what you find here and be prepared to confront many skeletons in your closet as well as mine. It's all for you.
E. R. Robin Dover