“I write your worst fears.”

To call Jesse Orr a horror writer is simply not enough. He goes beyond mere shock and gore to worm into your psyche. His submissions can be found all over the internet from Beauty In Ruins blog, to Carpe Nocturne Magazine, to HorrorAddicts.net.


Why have you chosen to release your writing yourself instead of going the traditional route?

People tend to screw things up, at least this way if I screw anything up I don’t have anyone to yell at.

What do you think is different about releasing your writing now versus doing it 10 or 20 years ago?

Well, ten or twenty years ago I was too young to be writing anything worth reading, although I did take a stab at a Sherlock Holmes story once.

What challenges do you face as a short fiction writer that a novelist doesn’t have to deal with?

Attention spans being what they are, it’s easier for most people to read short fiction than a novel, but that means I don’t have long to engage them. If it’s a two page story and the first paragraph/sentence doesn’t grab them, we’re off to a bad start. There’s not much time to develop plot or establish mood.

How do you choose subject matter that is seen as taboo for most people?

I don’t set out to choose anything controversial. If the story warrants it, I will write it. I don’t sit there and decide what to write beyond the first sentence. If in the middle of a paragraph there is a pressing need for someone to crush an infant under a dump truck, I’ll throw it in, but I’m not going to write a story for the sole purpose of crushing babies.

Have you ever written anything that was just too much even for you?

Too much suck, maybe.

What stories can we look forward to in the future?

Keep an eye on the blog known as Beauty in Ruins, there’s a bit of a classic horror homage going to be coming out in three [possibly four] parts. As of August 23, I’m three episodes away from finishing my series Through Doll’s Eyes. The newest Carpe Nocturne goth issue should be coming out with a story about the subculture. I have also been considering a story about shaving, and another about a lady who stalks you through your house as you get ready for bed.

What is a key piece of advice for those who write short stories but would like to get their work out there?

Keep writing it, and send it out. Your cat doesn’t care if you’ve written something brilliant. Send it to people. Listen to what they tell you. Read Stephen King’s book “On Writing” for more tips from someone who has accomplished something.

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