” I’ve never written poetry. I’m not a poet, but I think the nearest you get is either the short story or the novella, in that you can’t waste a word. There is no hiding place: everything’s got to be seen to relate, and the prose counts. “


” If you were writing a short ghost story, I would say start very quietly and go, ‘One, two, three jump.’ Or start with a jump and make it jumpier. But with a long story, it must have rises and falls. “


” It’s easy to write a short story and frighten people for five pages, but to work at length, when you do it as in ‘The Turn Of The Screw’ or ‘A Christmas Carol,’ it’s different, you have to build it and build it. “


” Certainly with a book, people are going to be able to read it and give themselves permission to have that delicious feeling of being terrified because they’re in a safe place while they’re reading. That’s what you can rely on as a writer, that people can let themselves be really frightened because they’re really all right. “


” The New Testament is about loving other people as you love yourself. That means caring for them and looking after them and being kind to them. “


” Theology is endlessly interesting in that you can study it without believing in anything. I do believe, but you don’t have to. I got very caught up in the 11th-century monasticism and the Cistercians. My dissertation was about Aelred of Rievaulx and one of his books. “


” Once you finish a book, you let it go out into the world to seek its fortune. “


” Though they don’t always have to be set in fog, weather is incredibly important in ghost stories. As is suspense: you’ve got to turn the screw very, very slowly. “



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If you were writing a short ghost story, I would say start very quietly and go,
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Certainly with a book, people are going to be able to read it and give themselves permission to have that delicious feeling of being terrified because they
The New Testament is about loving other people as you love yourself. That means caring for them and looking after them and being kind to them.
Theology is endlessly interesting in that you can study it without believing in anything. I do believe, but you don
Once you finish a book, you let it go out into the world to seek its fortune.
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