Next in our Women In Horror Series is Elizabeth Hartl
Elizabeth Hartl has been a writer of fiction and non-fiction for more than a decade now. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing, runs a small publishing house called Millennial Drowning Press and runs Elizabeth Edits, an editing and writing coach service. Her new book called Legend Tripping: A ‘Choose Your Own’ Travel Guide is coming out mid-2021.
Out of all the possible ideas in your head, what inspired you to write Revelations?
The inspiration for this book was how childhood nostalgia can warp when we become adults. This book is sort of a love letter to the scary stories we used to love as kids. The stories are short, simple, and fun, but there’s a deeper meaning relating to the society we live in and how we treat each other.
What is the significance of the title?
The title gives away the meaning behind the book. The stories are structured in a way that by the time you get to the end of the book, it’s pretty obvious that there was some deeper meaning intended. The title is a not-so-subtle hint to that.
Tell us about the process for coming up with the cover.
All I knew about the cover going in was that I wanted something that represented balance. My cover artist, Chris Manley, took control after that. What Chris came up with was a representation of balance that just made you feel uneasy and kind of dirty. It is perfect for the book.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be original. I have never been one to cater to others’ tastes, but at the same time, I want readers to enjoy what I write. So, when it comes right down to it, I suppose I try to be moderately original.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Anyone can be a writer. Everyone has a story to tell, and it’s in our nature to be storytellers. There are no specific qualities needed in order for you to tell your story, just go for it!
Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your time with us! Be sure to dive her into her latest collection Revelations!
Revelations: A Horror Anthology by Elizabeth Hartl
A fast-paced page turner in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, Revelations: A Horror Anthology is a twisted mash-up of morality and horror. Fear is that unpleasant feeling of danger looming, either real or perceived. It could be the monster under the bed. It could be the contents of a graveyard. It could be your neighbor. It could be the people you trust. In this book, fear is: The dark. A vacation. Your neighbors. Your loved ones. In this horror anthology, fear can teach us valuable lessons necessary for our survival. Are you ready for yours?
Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.