The Ol’ Horror Novelist

Every now and then I encounter a comment like this: “What’s a ‘horror novelist’ doing, writing Christian commentary?” The people who make these comments seem rather ticked off that I should be writing anything at all.

Thirty years ago, I was writing horror novels and four of them got published. Lifeblood was my first–and note the tiny little letters for the author’s name. I wrote them because I’ve never wanted to be anything but a writer, all my life; I like scary stories; and horror was booming at the time. And even if I do say so myself, as Steven King knock-offs go, these were pretty good.

But it was thirty years ago, and it would be a sad thing if I never grew and matured spiritually in all those years. Obviously I don’t write that kind of book anymore. I doubt I could, even if I wanted to.

So, because I used to write such books decades ago, that disqualifies me from ever writing anything else? Is it like an armed robbery conviction and prison term suddenly appearing in the resume of a political candidate? Some folks out there seem to think so. But I think this phase of my writing career was a door that I had to pass through to get to where I am today.

I once wrote for the glory of me. Now I write, I hope, for the glory of God.

Robbie Update: They gave her a shot to subdue her nausea, and since we came home this morning, Robbie has already eaten more than she has in the last two days put together. Not a lot, but enough to give us some encouragement. Please, Lord, in Jesus’ name, make this turn out right! Amen.

And now this old horror novelist is about finished for the afternoon.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “The Ol’ Horror Novelist

  • UnKnowable

    It’s a sad commentary, but there seem to be a lot of Christians out there that don’t understand the concept of forgiveness. Of course this is not the way Christianity is supposed to work and all of us should realize that others grow spiritually over the years. If we forget this, we can reflect upon our own example as a reminder.


  • Linda Sorci

    And it sounds as if some people wish to categorize you much the same as they do a method actor who is unable to cross over and be awarded a fantastic part because the character doesn’t fit.

    Congratulations and blessings on your change of course. And we, your readers, derive great benefit as well.


  • Erlene

    Yes, some people seem to think they are intended to be the critics of the others, and one way or another, they will find a way.
    Good to hear of the improvement in Robbie. Keep praying.


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