Here at A Diamond In The Dark, we’re THRILLED (and a little terrified) to welcome Wicked Women Writer Leigh M. Lane. I must say, and I mean this is in the nicest of ways, if she doesn’t scare you, no living thing will. Haven’t checked out her podcast yet? You need to. It’s all sorts of creepy-unsettling-psychological-terror like I like. It’s available at www.horroraddicts.net, so go there and read it and listen to it *shudders* You’ll thank me .. maybe … no, you will. Trust me… So now, without further ado, please welcome Leigh with a Guest Post!
I remember back when I was a teenager writing about vampires and diabolical villains, one day my dad took a look at my work and asked with a painfully sincere face, “Can’t you write about something … happy?” I’d tried to explain my motivations to him, but back then even I wasn’t entirely sure what drew me to write such dark and twisted tales.
Since then, I’ve realized my reasons are as complicated as they are diverse. My first impulse is to explain my desire to delve into the darkest reaches of the human psyche as being my own way of making sense of all the craziness that exists all around us. I firmly believe that the more realistic the story, the greater the potential horror. Imagined monsters might scare their audiences, but real-world evils have the potential to haunt them.
I must admit, I get a thrill in knowing I will leave at least some of my readers with psychological hitchhikers that have the capacity to linger and torment them long after they’ve finished a given story. I’m a bit sadistic that way. That’s my darker side.
Conversely, part of what motivates me stems from a more altruistic side. Some of the wickedness I write comes from a need to address social evils I believe deserve the attention. I feel that, if I can haunt my readers with what haunts me, perhaps some of them might feel motivated to effect some kind of change. I can’t say I’ve made any notable difference, but gauged by some of my reviews, I can say with absolute certainty that a few of my stories have affected people. One of my favorite reader responses was an expression of horror and discomfort for having read my dystopia World-Mart, that it was a difficult and painful read, one she would never want to revisit—but one she was grateful to have endured.
In my Wicked Women Writers’ story, “Enter the Corruption,” I explore technology gone too far, posing the question, has our growing dependence on technology created a sense of disconnect throughout modern society? The story prequels my novella, “The Corruption,” which compares this disconnect to a zombie apocalypse, suggesting that we are giving up a part of what makes us human by spending increasing amounts of time interacting in cyberspace instead of in person. The “Corrupted” are the result of a technological breakthrough gone terribly wrong, their minds reduced to the equivalent of computer hardware—intelligent and functional, but devoid of all emotion. Moreover, the nanotechnology that has made them that way is contagious, threatening the very essence of the human spirit.
Pretty wicked, at least from where I stand.
About the author:
Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided among different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the beautiful mountains of western Montana.
Her traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe, was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in horror. Her other novels include the supernatural thriller, The Hidden Valley Horror, inspired by Barker, Bradbury, and King; World-Mart, a tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut; and the dark allegorical tale, Myths of Gods.