Today Leigh Bardugo stops by The Hiding Spot to share the inspiration behind her contribution to the Slasher Girls & Monster Boys collection.
When I was a kid, the network I usually went to for my afternoon cartoon fix used to show ads for a movie called Frances starring Jessica Lange. It seemed to crop up every few months. Maybe they got the rights on the cheap? Anyway, the ad terrified me—a woman screaming, being hauled away by cops or guards, then her blank stare, all the fire gone out of her when they were done—but I could never look away.
Years later, I would hear a song on the Nirvana album, In Utero: "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" and remember that ad. Frances Farmer was an actress at a time when studios owned actresses and their careers. She was smart, progressive, possibly an alcoholic, possibly manic depressive, definitely unhappy and unwilling to do what her bosses demanded.
"Verse Chorus Verse," my short story in the new horror anthology Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, was inspired by Frances and a lot of other women. In some ways, it's the most personal story I've written. I grew up in Los Angeles, around child stars, and celebrity culture. I've seen the way this town devours people, particularly girls. "Verse Chorus Verse" is the story of a budding pop star, and an institution with something hungry in its walls. It's about terrible things, but the worst monsters in the story are real.
About the Anthology
For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror
A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.
Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.
Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:
A. G. Howard
Nova Ren Suma
April Genevieve Tucholke