Women in Horror Month – Interview with Corrine De Winter
February is Women in Horror Month! The HWA is celebrating by posting interviews with award-winning authors. Following is an interview with Corrine De Winter, who won the Bram Stoker Award in 2004 for her poetry collection, “The Women At The Funeral.”
Tell us a little about your Bram Stoker Award-winning work(s). Inspirations? Influences? Anecdotes about the writing or critical reaction?
CD: My collection of poetry “The Women At The Funeral” was the Stoker Award Winner. I have always leaned toward the dark side in my writing, and this collection was inspired by many writers and as usual, my own experiences investigating the supernatural.
Talk about winning the award – how surprised were you? Did winning pay off in any interesting ways?
CD: It was an amazing night. The awards were in Los Angeles that year, and my two brothers who live there, were able to attend, along with 3 friends. I remember Clive Barker was there and Chuck Palahniuk and I had no clue I was going to win at all, so I hadn’t prepared anything at all. I looked at the announcer after I said I was honored to win against such other luminaries, and asked who the other nominees were! Everyone laughed, but it was a bit embarrassing! I have to say that winning paid off in that I finally felt respected and appreciated for my weird dark words that had long been unaccepted by the traditional poetry venues.
Do you think women in horror face more difficulties than their male peers?
CD: It’s hard to answer that definitively. We know that women, even nowadays, are often fluffed off in social situations, but I think in the Horror field there is a huge difference. Women are accepted and treated with respect and I think there are just as many women authors that are outstanding as there are men.
What advice would you give to new female authors looking to break into horror?
CD: Read the old masters, like Stoker, Poe, Henry James, etc. as well as the newer pieces.
Research everything you can, including science, nature, religion, music, mythology, the supernatural, anthropology, geography, history, space, everything. I firmly believe we need to have a universal view of our world to be able to write good, intelligent and captivating work.
What new works from you can we look forward to in the future?
CD: I just released “Sensitive Soul’s Guide To Waking Up”- a slice of life, semi auto biographical spiritual volume.
I have co-authored a paranormal romance with Denise Du Mars and we are looking for a home for it currently. I have about 2 Poetry collections ready to be published- and a Graphic Novel about the Afterlife of Jim Morrison, illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne. I am looking for publishers for all of these. So, please contact me with any ideas.