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14 Oct 2023

Spoken Word: Episode 34: Writing Horror with Katya de Becerra, “When Ghosts Call Us Home”.

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Spoken Word: Episode 34: Writing Horror with Katya de Becerra, “When Ghosts Call Us Home”.

This week on Spoken Word, or should I say ‘spooky word’ we are delving into the horror genre and conventions and tropes, what to avoid and how to make your writing shine.

We also discuss Katya de Becerra’s latest published book, ‘When Ghosts Call Us Home’.

Never, ever look directly into the eyes of a ghost. Because once you see it, once you see her, once you acknowledge her impossible existence, you can never un-see it. And that’s how she gets you.

When Sophia Galich was twelve, she starred in her older sister Layla’s amateur horror movie Vermillion, which recorded raw footage of her very real reactions to scenes her sister concocted in their old Californian house on the coast – Cashore House.

In the years after the film’s release, Sophia’s memories of the now-infamous house fueled her nightmares. Vermillion amassed an army of fanatical fans who speculated about the film’s hidden messages, and it was rumored that Layla made a pact with the devil – her soul in exchange for fame and arcane knowledge. Sophia dismissed this as gossip . . . until Layla disappeared.

Now, Sophia must study the trail of clues Layla has left behind, returning to the very place where it all began. As she gets closer and closer to Cashore House’s haunted heart, she must once again confront the ghosts of her childhood. But the house won’t reveal its secrets without a fight.

When Ghosts Call Us Home is a spine-tingling chiller from horror writer Katya De Becerra.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Katya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology. She is the author of YA horror-thrillers What The Woods Keep, Oasis and When Ghosts Call Us Home.

https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781761269134/

 

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