Emerian Rich is the author of the vampire book series, Night’s Knights. 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. Emerian is a podcast horror hostess with an international audience and a vehicle with which to promote, HorrorAddicts.net.
She is the editor of Haunts and Hellions: A Gothic Romance Anthology and author of the story, “Left Behind.”
NTK: How did you become interested in Gothic Literature?
ER: As a child, I found gothic romance in the thrift store I was allowed to borrow from. I fell in love with the lighthouses and ghosts!
NTK: How do you define “romance”?
ER: A love story at its most basic level. I can’t really enjoy a story, even a horror story, without a little romance involved.
NTK: What is your favorite Gothic horror story?
ER: Funnily enough, my favorite Gothic horror does not truly have a love story involved. It is The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell. It is the story of a woman married to a despicable man, only unlike Jane Eyre, he does not have any redeemable qualities. In this story, it is more about a true friendship between a wife and a servant who protect each other under horrible circumstances. Sometimes the bond of friendship can be a truer love than a romantic relationship.
NTK: Do you have a favorite Gothic horror movie? What attracted you to this film?
ER: I really love Crimson Peak. Even though she loses her love in the end, I like the fact that despite his sister, the guy ultimately chooses true love over a twisted relationship. I also love all the gothic settings and costumes.
NTK: Are your characters based on real people?
ER: Not in this story. It all came from my imagination. I did study the polio epidemic quite extensively, though.
NTK: Do you use an outline to write? Or do you write by the seat of your pants?
ER: Seat of my pants, always. (Laughs.)
NTK: Do your characters have free will? Or do you decide their fate?
ER: My characters usually choose their own way. I don’t really have any say about it.
NTK: What are you most afraid of?
ER: You’ll laugh… Monkeys.
NTK: What is your favorite romance?
ER: Something with an edge of danger or excitement to it.
NTK: Who is your favorite horror author?
ER: Anne Rice. I love how she threads love through her stories. Even when they are blood-thirsty vampires, her characters are always seeking and sometimes discovering love.
NTK: Which do you like better, editing or writing?
ER: Most definitely writing. However, it was loads of fun reading all the submissions and picking which ones fit my ideal.
NTK: What inspired Haunts and Hellions? Why did you want to edit such a book?
ER: Gothic romances were the first sort of fantastical fiction I read as a child. When I saw a cover with a windswept gal by a haunted lighthouse, I fell in love with the genre. I wanted to collect a group of stories, written by authors of today, that have that spooky, gothic feel.
NTK: What does the future hold for you? What books, short stories, or works do Horror Addicts have to look forward to?
ER: I’m working on my third novel in the Night’s Knights series, Day’s Children. I really want to get this puppy done. It’s been a long time coming.