WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Eight – Loren Molloy!
- What first drew you into the world of horror?
In truth, I was 2 the first time I understood what horror was. I had my first asthmatic attack and was rushed to the hospital. I thought I was being punished. People in white clothing forced me into a room My mother was terrified. I heard the nurses say they weren’t sure I was going to live. I was put in a hospital room overnight there was a young girl in the bed next to me. She died while I watched. I was the only one to make it out of that room alive. That changes a person. The fear of death was removed and replaced with fascination and comfort many can’t fathom. I was drawn to dark stories such as Grimm’s fairytales and fell in love with Edgar Allan Poe by 1st grade. My childhood was filled with dark issues I couldn’t control, health issues that I could do nothing about and heard often you won’t make it to such-in-such birthday age. I surpassed all their guesstimates. Having those experiences at such a young age and throughout; It made me see the world, feel the world very differently than most. Horror just is who I am. Every situation scenario I can twist into a horror movie within my mind.
2. What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven hit home instantly for me. I actually read it out loud in front of my 1st-grade class and terrified most. The first film was Beetlejuice I was no more than 4 when I turned the tv on one early morning and that movie was on. It happened to be at the moment Barbara and Adam Maitland rips their faces off. I screamed woke my parents up got punished for watching it and it’s been an absolute favorite of mine since. Pure creative genius in my opinion.
3. What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
I would have to say there isn’t only one. I can’t just name one so… Vincent Price, Clive Barker, and Rob Zombie. (Especially since I already talked about Edgar Allan Poe.)
4. Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
I never thought about such a thing. I honestly can’t name one. I guess I’ll leave that up to you and the fans to decide.
5. What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
I would be helping people as I have been in the past. I’ve worked with special needs, the homeless, food pantries, shelters, addicts, and more. I am not satisfied with only being a part of the horror community. Yes, I love it. Yes it’s wonderful and it’s home for my heart and soul but it’s part of a larger community, our planet and there’s so much pain. So many lost and hurting, I can’t and won’t turn a blind eye so on top of writing books directing/ producing films and acting, I spend my life every day helping those around me. Whether it’s food drives and donations to pantries or socks for those in need. I also am a nondenominational minister and reiki energy healer. I get contacted by people all over the planet with issues and burdens. I listen and help. Offer advice, prayers, healing, and space for people to know they aren’t alone. They don’t need to feel they are and I am here to help. I work very hard to have continued success in the horror community because the more notoriety fame and wealth I accrue the more people places and situations I can help within.
6. Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
I have three horror novels and 7 books total at this moment with two more in the works. The titles are: The Very Devil, Herself!, The Storyteller of Pain, The Bedtime Killer, Where Did All the Dragons Go?, Black Dreams and Shattered Illusions, Spooky Bitch, and Happy Horrors. You can find them all at bit.ly/booksbyloren. I have also just finished filming my very first feature horror film where I have written the script, directed it, produced it through my company HappyHorrors Productions ( www.facebook.com/happyhorrorsproductions ) and even acted in it. It’s called Yield the horror movie. It’s now in post-production. You can check it out at www.facebook.com/yieldthehorrormovie I am currently in discussion with two major film projects which unfortunately I’m not able to talk about yet but it’s very exciting.
7. Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
Any and All of my social media accounts. I’m thrilled with folks following me on any of them. I try to respond and chat through public comments with fans as often as possible. I have Facebook (www.facebook.com/lorenmolloyofficial ) Instagram @loren_molloy and Twitter: @lorenmolloy
8. Where can folks find your work?
9. Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
It honestly doesn’t matter. I don’t have a mindset of it’s a competition at all. There’s something for everyone. Each of us is unique and different. I’ve been on panels with horror icons been a guest at horror conventions next to many and I never think about it as me versus anyone. That’s a sad and exhausting way to live. If I had to read a passage from one of my books after Clive Barker or even Stephen King Is be thrilled but never concerned about who I am compared to anyone else. No one should! It’s a toxic mentality that causes you to hinder instead of soar.
If I had to fight for my life against one horror icon I wouldn’t want to have to fight Pinhead but I would be happy to kick Chucky’s ass!
10. Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
There is no reason not to. Do you want to? Do it! Do you dream about it? Make it happen. No one will do it for you. No one will have the same dream and want it the same way as you do. You are an individual. Unique! Do you want to act? Apply to any job you see that you wish. Tell the negative voice in your head shut up and just go for it. Didn’t get it? Oh well, go after the next. There will always be learning needed hard work put in and if you don’t want it with all of your body, heart, and soul then find what does because you need that drive that passion for when haters hate or something goes wrong or someone screws you over. No one will work as hard as you at Your dream Stop expecting anyone to do anything for you. Don’t know how to do something? Look it up. Practice it. Never worry about the I don’t know how feeling. You didn’t know how to speak or tie your show once so why stop your dreams from being realities based on not knowing something. People will tell you only their way is right. Have the conviction to know your heart soul and gut is right. Whether it’s acting, directing, writing, creating anything… it’s uniquely yours. Be strong within. Know what you believe in and more importantly what you stand for. Women in a man driven community can have a lot of hassles. Don’t give in just because it looks like an easy way up the latter. It isn’t all it causes is others seeing how little it cost them to manipulate you. Understand there are plenty of men and women who are wonderful golden souls wanting to see good people do good but when you run into those who think otherwise you must be strong stand your ground and remember what you stand for. Your name your success can be contingent on what you do and what you allow. You are Queens allow treatment from others to be no less. This doesn’t mean full of yourself or egotistical but strong secure determined motivated and equals to all those who want to try to keep you beneath them. Realize you have something within you that is destined to come out. A talent only you possess and are meant to share. Allow no one to stop your journey. True Queens fix each other’s crowns, cheer each other on. Be a true queen and never try to remove another’s crown. You’re too good for that. We all are. Stereotypes are still very prevalent. Do not allow them to continue. In whatever role in the horror community, you choose help break those stereotypes and show how brilliant strong capable independent and victorious we women are. We gain nothing by bitterness and vindictiveness. Allow horror to be the genre you love and work in not the actions and behaviors you exhibit. For each of you reading this… I am here cheering you on! Do you want to be a part of this community with me? Let’s go sista! Make it happen and allow other queens like I, to cheer you on.
11. Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
Vincent Price, Pinhead, Katharine Isabelle, and Jamie Lee Curtis.