KristiDeMeester is the author of Beneath, a novel published by Word Horde and Everything That’’s Underneath, a short fiction collection published by Apex Books. Her writing has been included in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year volumes 9, 11, and 12, Year’s Best Weird Fiction volumes 1, 3, and 5, in addition to publications such as Black Static, Pseudopod, The Dark, and several others. Find her online at www.kristidemeester.com.
The Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror
“A Ritual for Pleasure and Atonement”
What draws you to folk horror?
I love the small spaces you find in folk horror. The claustrophobia and limitless nature of what can live in that darkness. And folk horror has always allowed for that. Those small, hidden towns and the evils and uncanny things that take root in the soil.
Where did the inspiration for your FIENDS II short story come from?
The first line got stuck in my head, and I had to sit with it for a very long time before I understood the story it was trying to tell.
What is your favorite kind of tree, and why?
I’m from Georgia, so I have to say pine, right?
How has the Coronavirus pandemic impacted your writing?
My creativity has felt incredibly stifled in the face of my anxiety. My output isn’t as much as it used to be.
What’s next for you, in terms of writing projects?
Currently, I’m working through edits of my second novel. There’s a short story that’s been back burnered, but I hope to return to it soon!