For today’s horror, we cross the ocean and enter the Mediterranean to have an exclusive interview with author, Jelena Hrvoj.
I’m so excited it’s October. Thank you for letting me interview you.
Today we are sitting down with Jelena Hrvoj to talk about Shtorka and House of Durga and what makes her tick.
So, you’re a horror author. When did you first realize you loved horror?
Since forever I guess. I am the type of a person that was afraid of horror movies, books etc. but was fascinated with everything macabre at the same time. Today I look upon horror with less fright, but as something fascinating enough to study.
What came first? The horror movie or a scary story? Tell me about it.
Scary poetry actually. When I was a small girl, I used to bother my dad to read Edgar A. Poe’s poetry to me before bed time. Some time later I watched The Shining movie and fell in love with the genre completely.
There are so many different types of horror, how do you decide what to write?
I love psychological horror that is based on human psyche and Croatian folklore. So my first book Shtorka started off as a story about a female serial killer who has schizophrenia. That small vioce inside of her head is an entity to itself and although it is a voice of the mental illness, it is based on the Croatian mythological creature Shtorka (original title: Štorka). In House of Durga I am taking a step back from the mythology and am awaking the horror factor through three young girls who commit a murder.
What is the hardest part of writing horror for you?
That’s a tough question. Probably the part of the story when you have to enter a deviant mind and make its voice as real as possible. There have been situations when I pushed myself so far I got panic attacks.
Halloween, let’s say it like that, came to Croatia only a few years back and it is not as popular as in America. There are parties and even some people dress up for Halloween but there are no kids on the street. We have something that is called Maškare. It is pretty similar but it takes place in February and that’s when kids go wild. But not the adults.
Has become a horror author made you more afraid or less afraid of the world around you?
Neither. Unfortunately, I have been afraid of the world around me all along. 😉
Who is your favorite horror author and which book of theirs is the one that sealed it for you?
Oh my. Believe it or not, I don’t read that much horror. But if I have to say someone it would be Justin Cronin, Stephen King, and Anne Rice.
Do you listen to music while you write? What’s on your horror playlist?
Music is a huge part of my life. I can’t even write if there is no music in the background. What do I listen to? Depends on the mood, but mostly metal (all sorts form heavy to death) and classical music.
And finally, what three pieces of advice would you give a fledgling horror writer?
Try to be as original as you can. If you are afraid of what you are writing about, you are on a right path. Stay firmly on the ground and don’t write for the fame. If it is meant to be it will come on its own.
About the Author
Jelena Hrvoj was born on April 17th, 1987. in Croatia (Europe). She started publishing in 2014.
Jelena is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, editor, columnist, and freelance artist. She is one of the chief editors in the Croatian literary magazine Kvaka and it the portal for poetry and short stories “KK Književni klub”. Her work is regularly published on Amazonke portal and she has written a few articles for Ancient Origins.
Jelena is a member of Croatian Literary Society (Croatian zagorje branch) Since 2016. and a jury member in two literary contests.
- Psychological horror/thriller Štorka (Croatian edition)
- Horror House of Durga (Croatian edition)
- Psychological horror/thriller Štorka Manifest (Croatian edition)
- Sci-Fi Dedivinacija Nation of Psychosis (Croatian edition)
- Štorka (English edition)
- in announcement- House of Durga (English edition)
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