Welcome to our SLASH-HER celebration! Coinciding with Women in Horror Month, we will be including a short interview or post about each of the contributors to this amazing slasher inspired anthology everyday. And starting today, I chatted with the delightful Sarah Budd.
JP: Tell us a little about your story.
SB: My tale, Grukken, is a short story about a mother who is driven to desperate lengths to protect her son. In life she feels powerless until she remembers an old tale told her once by her grandfather. For me this story symbolises that it is unwise to provoke a mother into protecting her young. Women are stronger than they know which goes unnoticed until they are challenged and discover they will go to any lengths to protect what they hold dear.
JP: Why did you want to write a slasher story and do you feel you brought something different to the table?
SB: I wanted to write a different take on a slasher story. Usually, it involves a man who goes around preying on young women, but I wanted to write one from the viewpoint from a woman who goes to desperate lengths to take control of an unravelling situation. Time to fight back! 😉
JP: Do you have a favourite slasher story/movie?
SB: It’s got to be Halloween! I first watched them as a teenager and was utterly terrified. His cold dead eyes! The Mask! The way he walks! The music that plays when he appears! Eeek!
JP: Why is it important to you to have a woman led press like Kandisha?
SB: It’s vital to have women led publishers, throughout history women have been entirely written out of history. We only hear of the actions of men, now it’s our time!
JP: What’s next for you?
SB: I have big news to share. This year my debut novella, Enter the Darkness, will be released from Brigid’s Gate Press in September 2022! A supernatural thriller set in Chislehurst Caves in the depths of South London.
I have a short story, Club Rules which will be appearing in the forthcoming extreme horror anthology Counting Bodies Like Sheep from The Evil Cookie Publishing, and another short story, Find a Friend to Eat Your Pain, for Brigid’s Gate Press Vintage Ad themed anthology.
JP: Where can people find you?
SB: I’m usually hiding myself away, mostly writing or reading, but online you can find me @sjbuddj on twitter!