Legendary horror writer Shaun Hutson on his latest book
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.