Emerian Rich is the author of the vampire book series, Night’s Knights, and writes romance under the name Emmy Z. Madrigal. Her romance/horror cross over, Artistic License, is about a woman who inherits a house where anything she paints on the walls comes alive. She’s been published in a handful of anthologies by publishers such as Dragon Moon Press, Hidden Thoughts Press, Hazardous Press, and White Wolf Press. She is the podcast Horror Hostess of HorrorAddicts.net.
How did you become interested in the Victorian era?
My first love of the Victorian Era started with the fashion and decor. Beautifully gilded and over the top, I just love their eclectic design and the colors they put together that shouldn’t work, but do.
What is your favorite Victorian horror story?
Either The Turn of the Screw by Henry James or The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Do you have a favorite Victorian horror movie? What attracted you to this film?
The Woman in Black is so creepy, scary, and has the classic mood I enjoy in films. I also read the book and loved the creepy almost Cthulu-like draw the house and bogs have in it that was missing a bit from the movie.
Are your characters based on real people?
Only as they exist in my imagination, which can be more real than reality sometimes.
Do you use an outline to write? Or do you write by the seat of your pants?
Pantser all the way, baby!
Do your characters have free will? Or do you decide their fate?
They always tell me which way they are going, whether I like it or not.
What are you most afraid of?
Monkeys freak me the hell out. They aren’t cute or cuddly. They are terrifying, scratch your face off and juggle your eyeballs monsters.
What is your favorite form of divination?
I used to read tarot cards for clients, but I never read for myself. I’d rather leave the future up to fate.
Who is your favorite horror author?
Anne Rice, Andrew Neiderman, Wilkie Collins
What does the future hold for you? What books, short stories, or works do Horror Addicts have to look forward to?
I am currently working on the third book in my vampire series, Night’s Knights. It’s titled Day’s Children and although I do have a cover, the book is as of yet unfinished.