About the Author

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Hi!

My name is Henry Black and I’m *insert age here* years old!

I grew up in a small town in England called Middlesbrough. I was raised by my two amazing parents and wonderful sister! There was never much for me to do in my home town, so I found a lot of the time I would make up stories and adventures in my head.

I have been in love with horror for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I always watched horror films with my family. Well, I watched them from a gap in the stairs when I was meant to be sleeping. I grew extremely interested in the ‘Goosebumps’ series. The first book I read was ‘The Girl Who Cried Monster’. After that, I began avidly collecting the books. I was determined to have every single one of the original series. It took quite some time, but I completed it. I read every single one at least three times over. That was when my love for horror truly began.

I continued to watch horror films from the stairs with my family. That was until one day, my family invited me to watch one with them. The first film I remember was a 1988 horror film called ‘Lady in White’. I don’t remember much about the film, other than one scene where the eponymous woman appeared outside the child’s bedroom window. That scared me for a while. While not a horror film, another significant film I remember watching as a child was ‘Shaun of the Dead’. Being only very young when I first watched it, the humour flew right over my head and I thought it was a serious horror film, making me terrified of zombies for years to come.

As I got older, I began to watch more and more horror films. My favourites being in the slasher genre. I loved ‘Friday the 13th and ‘Scream’ in particular. I was also a fan of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Halloween’, despite being absolutely frightened by Michael Myers.

As I grew and matured, so did my taste in books. ‘Goosebumps’ no longer satisfied my horror need as a bloodthirsty teenager. That was when I discovered the wonders of Stephen King. The first book of his that I read was ‘Salem’s Lot’, it instantly became one of my favourites and I have been striving ever since to read every single one of his books (A feat that I have not yet completed).

My love of horror, among other things, I promise I am not only interested in horror, inspired me to become a writer. I often found I had a lot of ideas floating around my head for films I’d like to see or books I’d like to read. I decided to write these ideas down. I began a short story website known as Abramacabre, where I would publish short horror stories twice a week. I have heard there is some confusion over the name, I thought of it by combining ‘abracadabra’ and ‘macabre’. My stories liked to take common horror themes and subvert them with a shocking twist at the end. That’s why I’ve always loved horror, there is so much freedom in what you can write. It has no limitations.

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After Middlesbrough, I moved to York to study History at University. That is when my love of fantasy and the medieval age really kicked off! I had always been a massive fan of the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and video games such as Skyrim, and the Witcher. But it wasn’t until university, when I began to truly understand the stories that inspired these fantasies and became somewhat obsessed myself.

The magic and brutality of fantasy drew me in instantly. In some senses, fantasy can often walk hand in hand with horror. Some gruesome things happen in fantasy novels! The genres mix perfectly and there are a lot of crossover between them. After being inspired at university, I began writing my fantasy series, Renicaria.

However, my true inspiration is without a doubt my other half, and his mother! I first met my other half all the way back in September 2016, and we have been together ever since. It was his mother that properly inspired me to become an author. She self-publishes her books to Amazon much the same as I do and she gave me the confidence I needed to publish my first book! So massive thank you to her!

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Outside of horror and writing, I promise I do have other interests. I enjoy history (obviously) particularly the maritime history of my current home, a city called Hull in the North of England. I also enjoy cooking, I make a mean casserole!

I enjoy music, ranging from all kinds of genres. Seriously, I can be listening to Lana Del Rey and my music shuffles to Slayer, to Dolly Parton, to the Human League, to Snoop Dogg. I just love music. I will say that heavy metal and rock music inspire me most, particularly those who’s imagery is focused on mythology and medieval times.

Another thing I adore is films. Any type. I love the production, the escapism, the expression of people’s immense creativity. It is my ultimate goal in life to write and produce films. Maybe star in a few, who knows. Some of my favourite films include Jurassic Park, The Lord of the Rings series, Star Wars, Halloween, Us, Don’t Look Now, Fatal Attraction, Frankenstein, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Scream, The Addams Family, Heathers, Pulp Fiction, the Godfather, and Sleepaway Camp. Some of my favourite TV shows include Game of Thrones, South Park, American Dad, Family Guy, The Witcher, American Horror Story, The X-Files, Doctor Who, and The Walking Dead!

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this little insight into who I am and continue to read my stuff!