Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of presenting a guest post from the fabulous Belinda Frisch. For those of you unacquainted with Belinda, let’s take a moment to get to know her a little better…
After fifteen years of working in healthcare, Belinda Frisch’s stories can’t help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she’d like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of Cure, Afterbirth, Fatal Reaction, Better Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.
*Runner-up Halloween Book Festival 2012 and optioned for film, Cure
*Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2014, Better Left Buried
*Amazon Top 100 Medical Thriller, Fatal Reaction
And without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Belinda…
The Similarities between the Genres
What happens when you let a horror writer dabble in the romance genre? The Missing Year, which isn’t as far away from home as you’d think for this would-be death dealer. I’ve been asked to write a little bit about the similar elements in the horror and romance genres.
Stakes: Whether the joining of a couple in a traditional romance, or someone risking their life to save another’s, both scenarios come with some kind of threat of failure. There has to be something at stake in order for there to be conflict.
Obstacles: What’s keeping the couple apart? What’s keeping the couple alive? Obstacles are universal. In romance versus horror, it’s the end result that makes the difference.
Resolution: Motivations revealed, obstacles overcome, there has to be some kind of resolution. In romance, it’s more often happy.
Love and romance are often at the heart of good horror story. Crazy, right? Romance humanizes characters, drives them to do things they wouldn’t normally do, and sometimes makes them act rashly. It also gives meaning to their deaths. Horror should still make the reader feel something.
In my Strandville novels, Zach Keller, my Nixon Center guard, has allied himself with Dr. Howard Nixon, the devil incarnate, in exchange for medical treatment meant to save his wife’s life. Scott faces certain death for Miranda, despite their tenuous relationship. In Better Left Buried the love between Adam and Harmony is what gives value to her otherwise troubled life. His feelings for her increase the stakes for the reader. Someone will notice if this girl doesn’t survive.
In The Missing Year, horror dresses as misfortune—as death come too early and the inescapable fate of terminal illness—as loss explored as one’s single greatest fear. While there is no gore, there is finality and an inescapable tragic consequence. There’s nothing more terrible than that.
Thank you Belinda! Now let’s take a look at The Missing Year… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you Amazon!
Thirty-four-year-old Blake Wheeler was everything Lila had ever wanted. A rising-star surgeon with his whole life ahead of him, Blake gave Lila ten perfect years of marriage before plunging her into the hardest year of their lives.
When a late night shooting leaves Blake in a coma, Lila is faced with a difficult decision: continue life support or let him go.
One year later, Lila remains unwilling to speak, in a private mental health facility where she refuses to move on.
Dr. Ross Reeves knows firsthand about loss, having spent the better part of five years burying himself in his work. Tasked with the challenge of breaking Lila’s silence, Ross investigates Lila’s past and her husband’s death, finding more to Blake’s murder than meets the eye. A series of mysterious coincidences has Ross wondering if Lila is acting out of grief … or guilt.
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