I've just finished the read through for my latest book (down to 109K if you're interested) so while that's with a couple of people for a critique, I need to be thinking about the next book. I've got the odd short story planned (one in particular I'm really looking forward to writing), an older book to tidy up and send to a publisher I'm a big fan of, and probably a month or two of rewrites for Pandemonium once I've got the critiques. After that, though, it's time for another book.
I've got the ideas for a few. Whichever one shouts the loudest will be the one I go for first. And while they're shouting, I'm thinking about what a writer like me can do with horror and all its wonderful tropes. Basically, I'm considering a horror tale without any supernatural elements. Take Stephen King's Misery. Horror without question. Nothing supernatural in there. It's a human horror, and as as that's the strongest, darkest and most frightening part of the horror world, it makes sense to explore it on occasion, but the thing is, you say you write horror and a lot of people assume that means ghosts and demons and monsters. It's the same for fantasy. That means you write about dwarves and elves and goblins, right? No. Not at all. There's a lot more to both genres than the obvious stuff. I love my ghosts and demons and monsters, but I also love using all the tools of horror I can find. If that means writing a book where we're the bad guys and the things we've done create a hellish world without anything supernatural crawling and sliming all over it, then that's where I'm heading.
Of course, if another story shouts louder, then I have to tell its tale. Otherwise, it might creep up on me one night.
In the dark.