Horror artist Trevor Henderson and author Jed Shepherd are behind the terrifying novella Flicker. The novella follows an keen leisure journo who goes to the home of a reclusive actress who has some horrifying tales to inform the author.
Shepherd is probably finest identified for writing Host, dubbed one of many scariest films of the last decade, whereas Henderson’s work is prolific within the horror style for its haunting nature.
Display Rant spoke about Flicker with Trevor Henderson and Jed Shepherd, together with how their imaginative and prescient interprets to the web page, what attracts them to the style of horror, and the way the story got here to be.
Display Rant: Jed, when writing horror for the web page, do you strategy that in another way than you’d writing it for a film?
Jed Shepherd: Really for about 10 years earlier than Host got here out, I used to be doing brief movies, so it is sort of the identical reflex. And I actually appreciated short-form horror as properly. One thing that’s simply brief, sharp, and sort of get any individual’s head very, in a short time. I am all the time a giant fan of these sorts of issues. Principally as a result of my consideration span is zero. So something that may sort of immediately get to me is agreeable.
However to be fairly trustworthy, it is the very same format is the very same issues I take into consideration once I write brief kind and, and barely longer. It must be scary. It must be attention-grabbing, not only for the viewers, or the potential readership. However for myself, it must be one thing as a result of me and Trevor we’re huge horror followers, we eat a lot horror. All we speak about is horror. When you take a look at my Twitter, there is not any politics, there is not any private stuff. It is simply all horror and that is how I prefer it.
Once I’m writing one thing, I am serious about each single horror movie ever made, each single piece of horror media I’ve ever might have both performed or learn. And I am like, “Okay. What’s one thing new I can carry to the story? Or somewhat twist on one thing traditional?” That is what I am serious about.
Trevor, how does this collaborative course of give you the results you want while you’re illustrating one thing for another person’s story? How do you select which photographs to carry to life and the place do you draw that inspiration from?
Trevor Henderson: Nicely, working with Jed is all the time a dream, as a result of we’re on such the same wavelength. We have labored on a number of issues up to now, and I am positive we’ll work on many issues sooner or later. For Flicker particularly, I simply learn by it a few instances and the very first thing that we tackled was the antagonist, the Flicker Man, and actually nailing that look, as a result of it was crucial to Jed for apparent causes.
After which as soon as we have gotten that down, I simply began doing sketches for sort of key moments by the guide. I gave him somewhat record of like, “Oh, we’re gonna do 5 illustrations. You recognize, I am considering this half, this half, this half, appeared sort of like key pivotal moments.” After which we labored up sketches and we simply acquired to the finals of every one. And sort of it ran its means by the guide.
Do you have got a favourite picture from Flicker that you simply had been identical to, “I am horrified however I additionally adore it?”
Henderson: My favourite picture within the guide that I did is the eyeless, tongueless sufferer of the Flicker Man. That is only a leap scare on a web page.
Shepherd: I really like the quilt.
Henderson: I am pleased with the quilt, too.
Shepherd: Yeah. Simply because prefer it sort of tells a narrative. There is a creepy man, he creeps up behind you. After which there’s this girl with, for some purpose, this fabric on her head. And I feel that is actually, actually attention-grabbing. And within the story, I used to be impressed by a Matisse portray for that look.
There is a portray [of] any individual with a fabric over their head and, like, what if that was a part of a demonic ritual? What was that like? I can get my inspiration wherever, and positively classical artwork is a type of locations.
Talking of inspiration plot-wise, there are shades of Sundown Boulevard, which is one in every of my favourite films. Was that intentional and had been there every other standout influences for Flicker and the Flicker Man?
Shepherd: Yeah, Sundown Boulevard is unquestionably 100% an enormous affect on me. And for this different venture I am about to do doubtlessly, it has a Sundown Boulevard sort of vibe. There’s additionally a novel by Angela Carter referred to as The Ardour of New Eve, which is – in a short time – a few man who has his genitals lower off and finds inspiration in that to go and find his favourite traditional actress. And I used to be identical to okay, that is attention-grabbing, the seek for an actress you used the love while you had been a child and for some purpose, now you have got the the the impetus to go monitor her down. I used to work in journalism myself. So I might all the time be very eager on interviewing individuals who had been my heroes of the previous. So I’ve somewhat little bit of myself on this as properly.
Clearly, creepypastas and web rituals are huge for me. And Trevor Henderson is without doubt one of the largest names in creepypastas and web stuff. There is not anybody greater mainly. So once I wanted a personality created, an antagonist that is horrifying I went to Trevor. And in addition one other sort of simply basic, huge affect for me, is the movie Night time of the Comet. It is 1984, this traditional film, and it would not actually look like that has something to do with Flicker, nevertheless it’s all the time a movie that is behind my thoughts, to get that sort of vibe, like the combo of horror and somewhat little bit of lightness as properly. And so yeah, in order that’s few influences.
I’ve interviewed lots of people for horror tasks, and I am all the time interested in what attracts them to the style. What makes you adore it a lot?
Henderson: Oh, I’ve all the time beloved horror since I used to be 10 or 11. My dad used to return dwelling from work and wake me up at two within the morning to observe horror films with him. I might disguise behind the sofa when my mother got here right down to see if I used to be up. I simply suppose it is the broadest style when it comes to what it could actually embody.
It has so many sides greater than every other sort of each different style. You may get comedy, you will get simply pure bone-chilling horror, you will get every thing. So it is simply it is an incredible device that I like a lot, I feel. Yeah, and it is simply been one thing I’ve beloved since I can bear in mind loving something, I suppose.
That is hilarious that your dad would wake you as much as watch horror films.
Henderson: Not even kiddie stuff both. Like, correct Return of the Residing Lifeless and even the unique Evil Lifeless, The Past, Fulci stuff.
I did need to ask about your movie tasks for a second. Host was dubbed the scariest film of the last decade. Along with your follow-up DASHCAM, did you’re feeling that strain?
Shepherd: No, to be trustworthy. Me and Rob Savage, who directed Host, we had DASHCAM lined up. We needed to do it earlier than Host. And we sort of pitched it round city somewhat bit and it was too loopy for folks again then. However as quickly as Host got here out, then those self same folks got here again to us like, “Hey, that dashcam movie that you simply that we stated no to you? How about now?” And I feel DASHCAM is the sort of film that you possibly can solely make coming off the again of creating the scariest film of all time. The flexibility to make one thing – pardon the pun – with no seatbelts and simply sort of on the market, particularly within the discovered footage style, which is kind of maligned.
Even within the horror group, typically folks simply do not like discovered footage typically. So we had been identical to, Okay, this can be our final probability to make one thing like DASHCAM straight off the again of the large hit. So it is thrilling to me, and it is being launched in June. So I am excited for folks to see. It is nothing actually like Host in any respect. It is the other. Actually, it isn’t inside, it is outdoors. We’re nonetheless coping with a number of the themes that you simply see in Host, like alienation and issues like that.
The thought of experimentation, particularly within the horror style, is so attention-grabbing. How do you provide you with these methods to bend the style and discover new methods to scare folks?
Shepherd: As a result of, once more, we’re huge horror followers and horror followers to me are essentially the most cine-literate sort of viewers on the market. They’ve seen every thing as soon as. You want horror, you watch all horror and also you return, you return, and [watch the] traditional black and white movies. So as a result of you have got that basic understanding amongst your friends, it takes much more to impress folks or for folks to say, “Oh, wow, that is one thing I have not seen earlier than.” And since horror is my life, I get up day-after-day, and I dwell, breathe, and eat horror. And the brief time period is precisely the identical.
However simply in search of other ways to scare folks, other ways to inform tales. With a online game, I used to be very conscious that the online game enterprise is 5 instances greater than the movie trade. So, due to this fact, in my thoughts, that is 5 instances extra individuals who will see the story that we’re attempting to inform and it is simply attention-grabbing to do. It is to maintain it attention-grabbing for us to do issues in a special medium.
And with Flicker additionally it is simply one other medium. So that you would possibly discover just a few folks that do not know you from Host or DASHCAM or wherever they usually’ll suppose “Oh, okay, this particular person is aware of horror, this particular person is doing one thing attention-grabbing.” I need to do issues in all mediums – in merchandise, in tv, after all, in new musicals on the stage, live-action stuff, digital actuality, print magazines. I need to do all of it as a result of I feel there are tales that have not been instructed but in horror, or voices that have not been heard. And I need to do every thing mainly.
Henderson: Numerous what Jed stated. However I simply suppose that horror is that this broad internet, this all-encompassing, that’s the good device to inform every kind of various tales, like each sort of completely different story. And, you recognize, the web, while you sort of really feel that you simply need to discover it as a lot as doable and take a look at each doable avenue and venue. As a result of I do suppose that there are tons of tales like Jed stated that horror particularly [is] completely inclined for and haven’t been instructed as but. In order that’s simply the pure development – wanting to simply see how far I can go in anyone course, I suppose.
Shepherd: With Flicker particularly, I need that to increase to completely different mediums as properly. I feel it is fairly cinematic how it’s. And I feel seeing that as a characteristic movie is the logical subsequent step for me as a result of every thing I am doing goes in the direction of making a movie model of it. So I feel Flicker particularly would make a very, actually good movie within the sort of Conjuring vein. That is why Trevor makes every thing so cinematic, His photographs are simply so putting. It simply brings my phrases to life.
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