WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Twenty Two – Maria Ibey!
- What first drew you into the world of horror?
I grew up surrounded by horror. I can arguably recall more childhood horror flicks than cartoons. There were still plenty of cartoons but between raiding my mom’s bookshelf and A Nightmare on Elm Street while eating dinner as a family, I just grew up loving it. I now find myself interested in almost all genres with horror being one of my favourites and my comfort movie to watch. For example, if I have a bad day, I want to watch Event Horizon and not talk.
- What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
This is going to sound weird but stay with me. I Love You Forever by Robert Munch. If you haven’t read it, it’s a beautiful story about a mother loving her child as they grow up. I read it to my third son in utero constantly, who we lost at birth. During my grieving, the book comforting me was that one. It was a strange thing. I wrote and thanked Robert Munch via his website. Weeks, maybe months passed and one day I got a letter back from him. He shared his own stories and what had inspired the writing of I Love Your Forever.
It was a moment I felt honored he would share (this some 11 years ago so I was much younger) and the first time I realized I could use creating as a way to connect with others and make pain into something beautiful. I may have gone a different route if not for that moment. It’s stuck in my head for years.
- What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
Dean Koontz has always been a favorite for his world creation and John Carpenter, his ability to set atmosphere through music. Both have had a heavy influence on how I’ve been writing Tormentuous.
- Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
I really feel Sarah in The Craft. She spent more time struggling with her inner demons than the crazy-ass coven she got involved with. I can relate to this on a deeper level.
- What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
I would just be reading horror and watching it, sans projects and people and probably leaning more into data analysis professionally rather than entrepreneurship and creation as I am. One kind of lead to the other. And of all the communities I have been involved with, I find I am happiest around my peers here.
- Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
My review and geek commentary home is always (as long as Ryan will have me there) Outright Geekery. And, if you want to cringe at a rather terrible performance, I was in the film Zombie Night 2 (2006). Right now, I am focused on Tormentuous (currently prepping to launch Kickstarter for the comic form) and a screenplay version alongside, assisting with a production of a vampire murder mystery dinner theatre with KaliCon and preparing for a creative platform launch in the next 6 months.
Tormentuous is the story I don’t want to write but have to. It has been an obstacle to push through writing the first two issues, resulting in a drawn-out creation process but I am loving the direction. The story centers around Dillon, a PTSD-ridden survivor struggling to stay afloat. Bit by bit, the lines become fuzzier until all she has left is a struggle to the death with an entity that seems to defy the laws of reality. Variant cover in progress is by the very talented Andrew Michalewicz. Anyone who likes psychological or supernatural thrillers should dig it.
- Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
- Where can folks find your work?
Follow along at https://www.facebook.com/Tormentuous for all the latest updates and to be notified when our Kickstarter goes live in December and see art in progress updates.
For cosplay, editing, production, growth strategy consulting or collaboration, please check out https://www.facebook.com/Geekesque42/ .
- Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
I would hate to go up against Michael Meyers. I love Halloween and it feels like it would really kill the holiday spirit. And so much running.
- Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
Join groups and forums on platforms, be you and “put out your vibe and you’ll find your tribe”. When creating; research, write, push through. If you find yourself stuck, don’t be afraid to ask others how they deal with *insert issue*. We all have experience in a variety of areas going into the community. If you are looking to create, there are people willing to help. They may not have much time to provide feedback but take the pieces you can get because they are valuable. Then just write on repeat until you can’t see.
- Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
I’ve been notetaking on House of Thunder (my favorite Dean Koontz novel) for a proposed screenplay as well as an adaptation of RL Stine’s Fear Street novels. Do I think I can get them somewhere? I don’t know but I’ve had images of how they would play out onscreen for years. I feel like both of their concepts are dying to be up on screen.
The Fear Street novels were some of my bread and butter as a child and my first introduction to the Salem witch trials. I’ve always wanted to see them adapted.
House of Thunder was the first book to surprise me with an ending so will always hold a warm place in my heart and I love the pacing in it.