Book: Weird Tales by Richard Fergusoncategories: Book, Short Stories, Twilight Zone, Weird Fiction, Short Fiction, Collection, Supernatural, Horror, Magic, Weird, Rod Serling, Dark Fiction, Horror Stories
Richard Fergusonabout this book: I write novels, but sometimes I enjoy writing short stories to test my ability in specific ways. I enjoy horror stories so I tend to use horror themes in my short stories. In this collection called "Weird Tales," I set out to create as unpredictable a plot as possible and still have it all come together with a satisfying ending in "The Genealogist." I think I succeeded. In "Rum and Hors-d'oeuvres," I set out to write an entertaining story but I concentrated on creating atmosphere. I wrote "The Nightrider's Song" because someone was putting together an anthology of horror and asked me to do it. The funny thing is that the editor had a list of guidelines for the stories. I only saw the guidelines after I had written TNS and sent it off. I had done everything wrong, broken all the rules! So what happened? He sent me two checks; one for the story and one for the title since he used it as the title of the anthology. I wanted to see how quirky a character I could create and still have him likable in a weird way, and that's how "Li Fan's Camera" came about. I was interested in writing a novel about a werewolf in which I really got into the mind of the werewolf, experiencing his childhood and seeing everything from his perspective. That's how "Bael Stumpe" came about. I think the stories turned out well, but that doesn't matter anymore. As Marcel DuChamp observed, once the artwork leaves the artist's hands, it is no longer the thing he made, it is the thing the viewer perceives. The stories are only good if you, the reader, find them to be good.
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