So I’m steaming along with the vampire novel, kind of wrapping things up and bringing things to a close, and thinking now about the revisions ahead of me. There are parts of the story that will be getting an extreme makeover, and some of that will involve upping the horror quotient by several degrees. All my reading lately on vampire lore, history and literature, even a recently acquired Tarot deck, is all starting to dovetail together.
Isn’t it funny how just when you need something, it appears? As you all probably know, I’m a Tarot collector, and bizarrely an erroneous message on a Tarot forum to which I belong lead me to, I think, just the angle I’m looking for. This thread on the forum was actually posted last October, and yet I only noticed it today. Long story short, after some quick conversation I have discovered a source of materials that could take this book to a whole new level. I could go into some really weird (in the truest sense of the word), macabre, occult stuff. (Please note: If you are a member of an oath-bound society, the materials I’m talking about are openly published and available to anyone who wants to pay for them.)
The quandary then, is how far to take it? How much of this should I add, before it becomes off-putting to the average reader? I think a dose of it could add some depth, uniqueness and authenticity to the story, but will it stray too far into the left-hand path for the average person? Still, I’m more interested in this book being classified as “horror” than risking it fall into a “chick lit” or “romance” designation so it will be taking some darker turns.
So what I need to know is, how much weirdness does the average person find acceptable? I guess if I’m trying to appeal to horror fans, the darker the better. But it can’t, and won’t, be simply horror for the sake of horror. It’s one aspect of the story, but not the whole thing. I’d like to think it’s more complicated than that, as real life is.