Recently, we announced Daughters of Darkness II. Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to the first of this next quartet, Catherine McCarthy. Before we head into Cath’s bio, she took a moment to answer the question we pitched to all Daughters.
Q. As a Daughter of Darkness, what does darkness mean to you?
If I’m honest, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t in touch with my dark side. Even as a young child I seemed keenly aware of illness, grief, death, and the powerful consequences such states have on us as humans.
My favourite fairy tales and nursery rhymes were dark, and my mother had a special way of telling them with just the right amount of terror in her voice and fear in her eyes. I loved visiting graveyards, ancient castles, dungeons and caves. I remember coming home from a jaunt at the local cemetery and informing my mother that I’d chosen the exact tombstone I wanted for her. In her early thirties, she wasn’t best pleased.
During my teens, the music I listened to was dark and dangerous, loud and anarchic. I read James Herbert, Graham Masterton, Stephen King, as well as the classics like Poe, Mary Shelley, and novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights which some people may not class as horror, but…don’t get me started on the whole genre thing!
As far as writing goes, exploring the dark side provides an ideal opportunity for the monsters in the closet to be given free rein, those bits of our psyche that might otherwise internalize and destroy us. I’ll quote a line here from the story Lure which features in my collection, Mists and Megaliths: “Set them free, every single one of them, and in doing so redeem yourself.” That line kind of sums up how I feel about allowing my inner demons to roam free on the page.
All in all, I’m happy to say I’m a Daughter of Darkness.
Everything You Need To Know About Catherine McCarthy
Catherine McCarthy is a spinner of dark tales from Wales, U.K.
She writes horror with heart, and has recently published her new collection, Mists and Megaliths. Her Gothic novella, Immortelle – a haunting tale of a mother’s revenge – will be published by Off Limits Press in July 2021.
Her short stories and flash fiction can be found in various places online and in anthologies, including those by Crystal Lake Publishing, Flame Tree Press, The BFS, Curiosities, and Kandisha Press.
When she is not writing, she may be found walking the Welsh coast path or nestled in an ancient graveyard reading Machen or Poe.
Links to her books, latest news, and social media can be found here:
Her YouTube channel features trailers, animations, and illustrated story extracts, and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmuypTAKuZbPvgtJr3IMQ7w