Today I welcome author Crystal Connor to the FlipSide to offer her perspective on something I’ve often asked myself as well as a wide range of authors and readers: Do happy endings belong in horror? But before we get to her thoughts, let’s take a moment to get to know her a little better…
Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Along with inducing insomnia within her readership Crystal also reviews indie horror and sci-fi movies for HorrorAddicts.net
So without further ado, here’s Crystal…
Hi Julianne! Thanks so much for hosting me today. Wow, should happy endings belong in horror? That is such a good question. Because I love and prefer movies with endings like Alexandre Bustillo’s 2008 Inside and Miguel Angel Vivas’ 2011 Kidnapped, I want to say no!
But because I loved and cried at the end of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, and left the theater stunned and speechless after seeing Mama this question isn’t as easy to answer as I thought it would be.
I really like stories that don’t put everything in a neat little box at the end. I like it messy, with unanswered questions, a story that stays with me long after the credits roll and I close the book. Sometimes I think it could work even if it’s not the happy ending your hoping for. My goal for every story I write is to write an unpredictable ending and two stories from And They All Lived Happily Ever After! The Lazarus Antidote and Amber’s New Friend are the ones I get the most feedback for because readers were hoping for a different ending. Let me see if I can explain without giving too much away.
It takes a minute for the ending of The Lazarus Antidote to reveal itself as being happy, I think the reason people are shocked at the way that story ended was because they’re so close to the main character and her struggle, that the bigger picture is lost, and I think that’s why people are so pissed off when they write me to vent over that story. Now I’m not complaining I love all of my fan mail, and even though I don’t answer everyone who writes me I do read all the my mail. But with The Lazarus Antidote there is really no way for respond.
For Amber’s New Friend, there is a happy ending but it’s not for who you think it’s for. The response to Amber’s New Friend both in print and audio has been incredible and is by far a fan favorite and again I think it’s because of the ending that no one saw coming.
So I guess the answer to your question should happy endings belong in horror, I guess it depends on the story. With everything that was going on in the movies Inside and Kidnapped there was no way in the world for those stories to end any other way than they did, and if the directors had somehow wrote happy endings to make viewers happy, I would have lost my damn mind, just like Annie Wilkes, demanding a rewrite… lol
And on the flip side of that coin, I would have been perfectly ok if Mama had a either a happier ending or a more tragic one. But my personal choice the horror stories I love the most are the ones that don’t have happy endings.
Thanks again for hanging out with me today, this was a really good question.
Thank you Crystal – you’ve definitely brought up a number of good points!
Now let’s take a look at Crystal’s And They All Lived Happily Ever After…
Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.
In the ‘Queen’s Pawn’ you’ll visit a magical kingdom full of wonder and splendor only to come to the sickening realization that when the Queen had a message…she sends her pawns.
The perils of eating forbidden fruit have been cautioned against since the Book of Genesis, but will our urban princess in ‘The Apple’ heed those warnings?
Embark on a mystical and treacherous quest to reach ‘The Ruins’, located in place so sacred that is should never be visited by mortal man.
These are just a few of the adventures you’ll have as you explore the dark imagination of Crystal Connor. Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.
Monsters, Women, and Villains (oh my)!
Book Trailer Link: http://youtu.be/GHvrlWTDFOo
Oh and there’s a giveaway too!!
1 Lucky winner will get a print copy of And They All Lived Happily Ever After! And the giveaway is International too!!