Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Preach on, Brother Andrew

It's a pretty big target to fire at, but Andrew Pyper is bang on in his thinking that Canadian fiction could use a little fear.

What happened to bad's fun side? Why can you go through a year's worth of prize-winners without once experiencing even the slightest shiver of fear? Shame, yes, and a good deal of sensitivity training. But leave-the-lights-on fear? The literary project seemed to have given that up along with the booze and grass and making out with the wrong people at parties.

(I'm being cheeky and provocative for the sake of argument here, of course. But, now that I mention it, what ever happened to provocation and cheekiness for the sake of argument?)

Words Worth will never be confused with a horror readers paradise, but we're making some inroads into genre. The bad kids are just more fun to hang out with.


Paulina said...

I read Pyper's The Killing Circle earlier this year and thought it was fantastic -- literary and very, very scary at the same time.

Anonymous said...

Ditto here. A little fear is healthy.


What We're Reading! said...

Thanks all, he's a fine one

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