Carole Jahme began her professional career as an actress and circus performer, she moved into wildlife filmmaking, dived into evolutionary theory and today writes about science. But she also uses her imagination to write fiction, primarily horror that is informed by evolutionary science.
What first attracted you to horror writing?
Horror is an extreme emotion and life’s extremes are found on the fringes, the extremes take you to the outside edge, to the interface where one realm blurs with another and the shock of the new takes place. Horror can be spontaneous and horror can surprise. I’m attracted to the extremes and the fringes, newness and spontaneity. Sometimes for the truth to out people will be horrified.
What is your most notable work?
My first book Beauty and the Beasts, Woman Ape and Evolution was well received, it told the life stories of commitment and sacrifice from women primatologists in their endeavour to understand & conserve their chosen primate species. It was a mix of evolutionary theory and biography. I have been writing regularly for the science page of the Guardian, I might be best known for that.
What are you working on now?
I’m planning where to take Scarlet next. I’m also developing another popular science book.
Who do you admire in the horror world?
I’m a fan of the classics, Poe, Wilde, Shelley, Louis Stevenson, Stoker, but I also greatly admire Wyndham, King, Rice, Matheson and I love Roman Polanski’s horror.
Do you prefer all out gore or psychological chills?
Why should people read your work?
I’m attempting something new. I’m taking traditional gothic law and marrying it to cutting edge evolutionary science & providing the incredible with a justified pathology.
Recommend a book.
Machiavelli’s The Prince.
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