Q: How do you cope with those people in your life that just don’t get it?
Truth is, most people CAN be persuaded. First I try appeal to their reason: since horror is about fear, it is about humanity. If that doesn’t work, I try to educate them: many classic works of literature are horror stories. If that doesn’t work, I go for the gross-out joke.
But there’s always going to be somebody who is a stick in the mud against horror — usually harboring some old-fangled, puffed-up concern about moral and social virtue in fiction, even though they’ve never bothered to read a single thing in the genre. For them, there’s always voodoo.
But seriously: the reason I write weird stuff is BECAUSE there are people who “just don’t get it” and those are the ones we need to look out for: the closed-minded and censorious…