10iversary Chilling Chat with Michele Roger

10IVERSARY

Michele Roger is a speculative fiction writer living in the Detroit area with her spouse and her evil cat named Monster. She also writes paranormal romance under the pen name M. M. Genet.  You can listen to her most recent, free podcast, Agent For the micheleOrchestra wherever you get your podcasts or on iTunes.  When Michele isn’t writing, she is a harpist and a music composer for podcasts. Michele appeared on Season 1 Episode 9 with “Taste of the Dead,” Season 2 Episode 13 “Santa Claws,” Season 3 Episode 25 “The Conservatory,” Episode 31, Season 4 Episode 43, and Season 13 Episode 160. She is the spark that started the Wicked Women Writers.

1.)    How old were you when you first became interested in horror?

My earliest memory of reading horror was with my friend Terry Akerly in the 8th grade.  My mom didn’t really approve of a girl reading horror at the time, so Terry shared his Stephen King books with me.

2.)    What is your favorite kind of horror? (i.e. Classic, Splatterpunk, Slasher, Gothic, etc.)

Reading is like everything else; one’s tastes change as we get older.  While I gravitate towards Classic and Gothic, I’m open to reading just about anything that has a new spin on it; be it paranormal romance or alien horror.

3.)    What is your favorite horror novel?

There is a special place in my heart for Thinner by Stephen King.  In college, I was studying to be a lawyer.  The main character is a slightly unscrupulous lawyer who gets cursed by a gypsy for his dishonesty while presenting a case against her.  The curse is so simple and so elegant.  I loved that about the story.  King took an everyday occurrence with an average guy and turned it into something that kept me reading well into the night.

4.)    What is your favorite horror TV show?

Honestly, I don’t watch enough tv to be able to answer that question.

5.)    What is your favorite horror movie?

It probably sounds cheesy, but my favorite horror film (and its tough to choose) would be The Woman in Black.  There is so much to love.  The main character is young and naive but is a male and a lawyer.  (Lawyer theme again.  I never realized….ok anyway)  So many stories the main character in distress is female.  I really enjoy that role reversal.  Also, the predator/ghost is female.  Also, another trait and role reversal that I enjoy.  Add the creepy gothic mansion, a time pressure element of the receding and swelling tide and the primary prey for the predator being children of a village an entire community longs to protect and you have a perfect movie.

6.)    How did you first become involved with HorrorAddicts.net?

I wrote a short horror story and a friend of mine encouraged me to send it to HorrorAddicts.  That was roughly 2008?  I’m guessing.  Emz encouraged me to send in more.

7.)    What is your most favorite memory of the HorrorAddicts.net Blog? (i.e. favorite blog post written by you or someone else, favorite funny memory, etc.)

HorrorAddicts offered a horror writing contest for just women.  The stories that came from that contest were so well written and so well received.  I had been writing horror and science fiction for a while, feeling quite alone in Detroit.  All the other speculative fiction writers I knew were male.  The all women’s writing contest opened a door to other women all over the country who were writing all kinds of horror.  Eventually, some of those stories became a book and now we have a writing group for female horror writers.  So much good has come from HorrorAddicts.

8.)    What is your favorite part of the blog? (i.e. Book Reviews, Movie Reviews, Interviews, Game Reviews, Free Fiction, Crafting, etc.)

Whenever I’m looking for something or someone new to read, I check out the Book Reviews.  I also like to read the interviews on my lunch at work.

9.)    Why is this part your favorite?

The book reviews are just a handy resource.  Sadly, my small, Michigan town outside of Detroit doesn’t have a local bookstore anymore.  We have one big chain store but finding someone in there to recommend horror is often like finding a needle in a haystack.  HorrorAddicts book reviews and interviews fill that void.  I find new and established authors, learn a bit more about them and find new titles to pick up for my next night of reading.

10.)  What would you like to see on the HorrorAddicts.net Blog in the future?

There are a lot of people making short horror films.  It might be fun to showcase them?  A B Horror movie film festival to stream???

Addicts, you can find Michele’s work on Amazon as Michele Roger and as M.M. Genet. You can find her music here.

Where the Blog Began. 10 Years of Horror Blogging

When I started HorrorAddicts.net, it was just a podcast to keep my listeners and readers interested and engaged in between novels. Little did I know it would become the horror network it is today. With podcasts, Facebook groups, writing competitions, book publishing, and a blog that has survived ten years of ever-changing media coverage, it blows my mind.

Back in the beginning, we just talked to the listeners through the podcast and my own personal Ning forum. At Ning, there were feeds titled Horror Addicts, Wicked Women Writers, Movies, and Writing. Anything the listeners wanted to chat about, we’d just make a new feed. Even though Facebook started in 2004, it wasn’t something my readers or authors really knew about. Myspace was very popular and vampirefreaks.com was another good horror site you could network with Horror Addicts on, but there wasn’t really a place where Horror Addicts could come share and read news, publically. Still, it suited us and everything was running quite smoothly until mid-2009 when Ning announced they were going to start charging for their forums in the new year.

Being a free fan site, I didn’t want my readers to have to pay to play with us. We wanted to geek out on horror stuff the way intended…FREELY and open to everyone. When I voiced my concern to our staff, Sapphire stepped up and suggested we start a blog.  A blog sounded like a bit more than I could spend time on. Already slammed with the career of author and all that entailed, I said I didn’t think I had time to run it, but Sapphire volunteered to be Blog Editor. 

So now, ten years later, it’s Sapphire who we should thank for getting us up and running. She served very long hours for many years with us making sure that our Addicts had what they were looking for on the web. 

THANK YOU SAPPHIRE!

Since then, the blog has expanded so far. More than I could’ve ever dreamed of way back in 2009. Today we have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share memories, review things, and geek out in our horror lifestyles with, but the blog is still trucking and feeding information from our hard-working writers to you, the readers. We do this all for you and because our info is gleaned through your eyes, the blog shows the identity of us as a community. We are truly a horror site run by Horror Addicts, for Horror Addicts.

Happy 10iversary Horror Addicts!

To those of you who were with us at the beginning–like Michele Roger who started Wicked Women Writers and Laurel Anne Hill our first interviewed writer– and the rest of you who found us along the way, thank you for your support. We strive to bring you the best in horror movies, music, fiction, and more!

Here’s to ten more years geeking out HORROR-STYLE, together!