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Turkish Night, collected in Thirty Scary Tales by Rayne Hall @RayneHall

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Image of Rayne HallWhich of the stories in Thirty Scary Tales is the scariest?

For me personally, it’s The Bridge Chamber. It scared me so much while I was writing it, I had to stop for several days before I found the courage to continue.

Do you get nightmares?

To a horror writer, nightmares are a gift. What frightens us in our sleep is surely going to scare our readers when they’re awake.  I use the dreams as raw materials for stories, changing the plot to make it plausible. However real dreams feel when we have them, in the cold light of day the events aren’t always believable, so I change them. However, I try to stay faithful to the core idea of the dream, and to capture that scary feeling.

Several stories in Thirty Scary Tales are inspired by nightmarish dreams, including The Painted Staircase where I dreamt that I was getting pulled into a shipwreck painting.

Have the stories in Thirty Scary Tales been published before?

Yes, most of them. Some were featured years ago in digital and print magazines or in anthology books.  However, I rewrote some of them, because I no longer liked the original versions that much.  Over the years, I’ve become a much better writer, and I want to showcase my stories in their best possible form.

Although I sold the stories to publishers, in most cases I kept the rights, or the rights reverted back to me, and I could include them. For some stories, I had to ask the original publisher’s permission. Fortunately, the publishers have been very graceful about this.

The stories are also featured in Six Scary Tales Volumes 1-5, of which this is a compilation.

Do you have any advice for aspiring horror writers?

Write about what frightens you – phobias, nightmares, places that give you the creeps. You’ll be able to write about these things with great authenticity, and it will be scary.

How is Thirty Scary Tales different from other horror collections?

The stories are a more subtle type of horror than most, creepily atmospheric and psychologically disturbing.  Readers who like splatterpunk horror with lots of violence and gore are probably better off reading someone else’s book.

Thirty Scary Tales

Thirty creepy, atmospheric stories by Rayne Hall.

The horror in these stories is spooky, creepy, unsettling and sometimes disturbing. It is not very violent or gory; however, the stories may not be suitable for young readers without parental guidance. PG 13.

This book is a compilation of volumes 1-5 of the Six Scary Tales books. It includes the acclaimed stories Burning and The Bridge Chamber.

All stories have been previously published in magazines, ezines, collections and anthologies. British English.

Stories in collection include:
The Devil You Know, Greywalker, Prophetess, Each Stone A Life, By Your Own Free Will, The Bridge Chamber, Only A Fool, Four Bony Hands, The Black Boar, Double Rainbows, Druid Stones, Burning, Scruples, Seagulls, Night Train, Through the Tunnel, Black Karma, Take Me To St. Roch’s, Turkish Night, Never Leave Me, The Colour of Dishonour, Beltane, The Painted Staircase, I Dived The Pandora, Terre Vert and Payne’s Grey, They Say, Tuppence Special, Disturbed Sleep, Normal Considering the Weather, Arete.

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Genre – Horror

Rating – PG-13

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