Leg­endary hor­ror writer Shaun Hut­son on his lat­est book

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Shaun Hut­son’s lat­est fear-fest, Chase, is hor­ri­ble. Fo­cus­ing on a young fam­ily’s en­coun­ters with a cruel cult, Chase puts Hut­son’s leads through some very dis­turb­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. So much so, even he felt sorry for them.

“When I was three quar­ters through Chase I thought, ‘Fuck, th­ese poor peo­ple have been through so much,’” he tells Red Alert. “Un­for­tu­nately, it didn’t stop me putting them through a bit more…”

Part of what makes Chase such a tough jour­ney is the in­tense vi­o­lence. But Hut­son’s dark­est mo­ments have honourable in­ten­tions. “I don’t have a prob­lem with vi­o­lence as long as it’s shown re­al­is­ti­cally. Any­thing that glo­ri­fies the vi­o­lence or doesn’t show it for the vile and dis­gust­ing thing it is, in my mind is wrong.”

We’ll wait and see if the (al­ready op­tioned) film ver­sion goes as dark. “I hope they do it jus­tice, but ev­ery writer knows that what turns up on the screen will prob­a­bly bear lit­tle re­sem­blance to what was orig­i­nally writ­ten. At least do­ing the script means I’ve got a bit more in­put.”

Whether you’re writ­ing books or scripts, Hut­son has some solid ad­vice. “Write what you want to write. Do what ex­cites you, then pray some­one wants to read it.”

Chase is pub­lished on 26 Oc­to­ber.

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