Thursday, February 7, 2019

Women in horror month

Check out me pontificating on horror!

https://thinkinghorrorjournal.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/women-in-horror-2019-victoria-dalpe/?fbclid=IwAR3ipITB-RF5Mb3uQa8x7p5hLWItK-oz_xCxfcsYMH87Q93mMq8RxnNrOu0

Women in Horror 2019: Victoria Dalpe

Victoria Dalpe is a writer and artist. Her dark short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and her horror novel, Parasite Life, came out through ChiZine Publications in 2018. She is a member of the HWA and the NEHW and is currently editing the Necronomicon 2019 Memento Book with Justin Steele. She lives with her husband, writer, and filmmaker Philip Gelatt, and their young son in Providence, RI.
Learn more at victoriadalpe.blogspot.com

1) what is horror?

For me, horror is a thought exercise, basically facing your fears and messing around with the various scenarios. It is a playground to muck around in our ID; playacting the roles of victim and victimizer, experiencing profound loss without having to leave your couch, seeing beyond the veil in some way or another. Horror, like any genre, allows us to dip a toe into an experience or emotion, and I think this trains us for dealing with the challenges of actual life. There is the catharsis that comes from being really scared and then realizing you’re safe. We are a complex animal, humans, and I think our brains enjoy exploring the grotesque, the abhorrent, the forbidden. Much in the way we enjoy comedy, and romance, and weep at dramas. I think our imaginations crave thought exercises and delving into more depraved and scary spaces as well. And because what each of us finds horrifying vary wildly, there are many flavors to chose from.

2) why horror?

I had an interesting conversation at a writer’s convention once, where another writer joked that he felt the dark fiction and horror writers often were the most down to earth and well-adjusted of the writing community. His theory was that we were essentially doing our therapy and exorcizing our demons by delving into our fears and darker fantasies in our work. I found that idea delightful. For me personally, I think my natural inclination is to look for balance, the sweet with sour, the good with bad. I’ve always been attracted to the more monstrous aspects of human nature, more out of fascination and a desire to understand. There is no answer to why bad things happen, but there is something illuminating in exploring those spaces. I think you learn about yourself in the process as well. 

3) where do you see horror going?

Horror is cyclical and directly tied to our natures. We tell stories of witches eating children to keep them from wandering. Monsters under the bed keep us under blankets. Hook killers in our backseats have us checking the cars. Culturally, I think it becomes more important when times are tough. Horror gives us a vehicle to explore our fears and blow them up into worst case scenarios. Horror provides a language with which to discuss the horrible, the unpleasant, the violent. We can look at our governments, our wars, our cultures, our vicious histories, and face our fears for the future. It’s a safe space to have hard conversations. I think it also isn’t all dry and academic, it’s also fun, and there can be a real feral pleasure from watching wanton violence, creative gore, and sheer mayhem. Let’s call it constructive carnage!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Author Interview with Gwendolyn Kiste

Read interview here, or exerpt below

http://www.gwendolynkiste.com/Blog/cosmic-monsters-interview-with-victoria-dalpe/?fbclid=IwAR34auDSpeYFDLSCQDfb0QkjsvIwUFISzsV6iCA6uM8I-kav8tBF3_LLD84


Cosmic Monsters: Interview with Victoria Dalpe


Today, I’m thrilled to feature author Victoria Dalpe. Victoria is the author of the novel, Parasite Life, as well as numerous short stories. I was fortunate enough to meet Victoria at Readercon this past summer, and she’s as fabulous a writer as she is in person.
Recently, she and I discussed her inspiration as an author, her hometown of Providence, as well as her future plans.
A couple icebreakers to start: when did you first decide to become a writer, and who are some of your favorite authors?
I’ve been writing and telling myself stories for as long as I’ve been around frankly. As a total bookworm, I’ve just always loved the storytelling either as the reader or the writer. I didn’t start seriously writing, with the intent of it being read and/or published until I moved back to Rhode Island from NYC. I was doing a career change, as I’d gone to art school and majored in painting and film studies, then I’d worked in NYC museums. I wanted to be more creative in my day to day. When we left the city and decided to do the house and kids thing, I decided to seriously try my hand at writing again. That was about 7 years ago and 1 published novel and about 15 short stories in collections later.
Favorite authors is always a tough question, like a favorite movie, or song etc. I’m a monster person and frankly, rarely read stuff that doesn’t have the inhuman in it. Some all-time formative favorites: Anne Rice, Poe, Lovecraft, Poppy Z. Brite, Tanya Huff, Tananarive Due, Barker, Daphne Du Maurier, Nancy A. Collins. I’m a die-hard splatterpunk fan, so Skipp and Spector for sure. I’m an unabashed fan of urban fantasy, which I fully embrace, and so Kelly Armstrong, early Laurell K. Hamilton, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews. I’m also a big New Adult/ Fantasy Reader so Laini Taylor is def on top of my list there. I love good characters, monsters, a love story, anti-heroes and a hearty dose of grue and horror. And so many super interesting and talented writers are coming down the pike lately, Nadia Bulkin’s She Said Destroy was excellent, for example.
Your YA novel, Parasite Life, was released earlier this year from ChiZine. What can you share about the behind-the-scenes of writing this novel? How long did it take you to complete? Were there any surprises along the way?
I wrote it over the course of a year, it was a little story I think I’d had living in my head for ages. I’d been reading a ton of YA around that time and found myself, time and time again, getting angry at the books I was reading. I found the relationships not only problematic in these books but also a little bit dangerous, considering the age of the readers and that they are being sold as romantic (and not toxic or even abusive). So I wanted to explore the more unsavory aspects of being in a relationship with a vampire, which is as toxic and unbalanced a pair you could conceive of. I think the challenge as I was writing it was keeping it YA, but also wanting to stay true to the story I wanted to tell.
Then off it went to a slush pile at ChiZIne Publications, a favorite publisher of mine, and remarkably they picked it up. A few years later and here we are.
You are also an accomplished writer of short fiction. What was your inspiration behind “The Wife,” which appeared recently in Tragedy Queens from Clash Books?
As a monster lover, I am often drawn to the stranger critters. I’d read in some monster book about a lady monster out of Asia who flew around on her hair, terrorized people, had a huge hole in her neck etc. BUT if you caught it and stuffed all the hair in a hole you could marry one. I found this story absolutely fascinating because who would want to take some crazy flying lady home? Would she be a good wife? And my story answers that question.
You reside in Providence, the cosmic horror capital of the world. How, if at all, does your hometown affect your work?
A ton! I definitely think there is something in the water in New England, in general, that makes it ripe for horror. Perhaps it’s the history, as one of the oldest parts of the country, perhaps it’s the long dark winters and long oppressive summers. But whatever it is, there is a certain something that permeates the land and its people. I’m a huge Lovecraft fan, and have been published in two Lovecraft Anthologies as well as co-editing the 2019 Necronomicon Anthology with the fabulous and talented Justin Steele. I love weird fiction and the directions it has been going in the last few years, and the critical attention it’s getting. Providence just has a vibe to it, that something is just a little bit off, that is quite inspiring.
In addition to your writing, you’re also an actress and producer. How does your process differ when you’re working on film versus fiction? Conversely, how is your approach the same?
Well, the actress part is solely because I was around! My husband needed some sucker to do a body cast and so I got the part. For being a big personality, I’m actually a pretty terrible actress, never been comfortable being vulnerable on stage or screen- too stiff. My husband is a filmmaker as are a cluster of our friends, so I’ve been lucky enough to help with all sorts of projects. The thing about a film is that it is entirely collaborative, every person is a cog in the machine. Writing is often the entire opposite creative process, the writer sets the scene, fill in the players, the sets etc. Film you need to assemble a team that can help get the vision off the paper and onto the screen.
If forced to choose, what’s your favorite part of the writing process: crafting setting, developing characters, or writing dialogue?
That is a tough question! Honestly, I think my favorite part is starting something. I love the beginning of a story when it can go anywhere and the limits are basically your imagination. I also love finishing a project! There is something so satisfying about wrapping something up, even if it’s just the first draft.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m editing a collection of my short stories currently as well as my second novel. On top of that, starting to read through the submissions for the Necronomicon 2019, think it’s going to be awesome and a fun challenge to be an editor.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Author appearances 12/1/18

December 1st, 2018

Hey New Englanders- If you are kicking around RI tomorrow and have this urge to buy a real deal PAPER copy of my book- you have TWO options! Mad Dog Artist Studios Holiday Sale is going on filled with awesome and amazing local artisan goods/jewelry and wearables AND I will be sitting and selling my books at RI Author Expo at the @NEHW aka New England Horror Writers table. Info Here http://riauthorexpo.com/


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ART OPENING

Come on by

the PAC WINTER AUCTION

Thursday 11/15 5:30-7:30

Have a painting in it called "Critter"  opening bid $100, a steal!

https://pawtucketartscollaborative.wildapricot.org/Holiday-Show-Silent-Auction


The Girl Review

Review of my story "The Girl" and others in EconoClash Review #2

https://broadswordsandblasters.com/2018/10/22/1525/

“The Girl” by Victoria Dalpe- This is the story that I was most impressed by, which ends up being a double-edged sword. Yeah, it’s a great noir piece that works in some Scottish folklore, and the description and pacing is spot on. But it sets up an expectation that not all of the stories following it quite lived up to.

Buy the collection here! 
https://smile.amazon.com/EconoClash-Review-Quality-Cheap-Thrills-ebook/dp/B07J3Z12Y2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1542243603&sr=8-2&keywords=econoclash+review


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Author Reading 10/5

Books on The Square
Angell St Providence

10/5 7pm

Join me and a few of my fellow New England Horror Writer's for some readings to thrill and chill (and then buy our books!)

Readings, signings and overall good time.