“If a writer like me has any value at all, then I think what I’m supposed to say are things that other people either don’t dare to say or find embarrassing. They say to themselves, “But if I say that, what will people think of me?”
That’s why I think most people see horror writers as depraved individuals who are strange, weird, a little bit creepy, probably unlovely, somebody who would be clammy to touch.
Most of the ones I know are big, hale and hearty, cheerful, outgoing, friendly people, and I think one of the reasons they are is that you have to have a certain confidence in yourself to be able to create a human monster.
Those are things that a lot of us keep locked in the closets of our minds and if we let them out, we let them out when there’s nobody around and our wives, husbands, or lovers are asleep.”