Of all the writers I know, particularly in the broader spectrum of the horror genre, I count Pamela as one of the best. Not because I like what she writes, but because of how she writes. Her stories include well defined and developed characters with whom a reader can quickly make associations; intriguing plots that keep you guessing; favored themes (horror! yay!); and a command of the English language and grammar, as well as a style and tone fitting for each tale. It is for these very reasons I grow fonder of her work with every story I read.
A seven times great grand niece to one Rebecca Town Nurse, an early villager of Salem, Massachusetts, Pamela Morris has strong sentiments for anything witchy. Raised in the hauntingly beautiful Finger Lakes region of Central New York, Pamela has built upon these romantic inclinations since she first began writing at the very early age of nine years old. While she may not be a witch herself–she makes no claims of it, anyway–she writes about the subject of witchcraft, and the related supernatural, passionately on a regular basis. The Barnesville Chronicles, one of which I am currently reading, Secrets of the Scarecrow Moon, are, in fact, a collection of her latest work revolving around the subject.
I met Pamela through my writer-oriented FB page. To my mind she was one of the first established fiction writers I’ve ever spoken with directly on social media, and one of the first to take a sincere interest in my work. My first interview was with Pamela, for which I am eternally grateful. Since then we’ve been pals, and she has been somewhat of a mentor to me concerning writing, and the business in general. We, of course, are completely different writers, but we certainly share common interests, namely spooks, spectres, ghouls, goblins, and the like. Knowing Pamela, it’s hard for me to imagine her as an erotica writer, which she was before she turned to her first love, the stuff she writes now, horror and mystery with a preternatural flavor.
While I have enjoyed reading her novel, Secrets of the Scarecrow Moon (just finished a very chilling Chapter 30), it’s Pamela’s short stories I love the most. As a short story writer, I am just coming into my own, while Pamela, a novelist, has sharpened her skills writing various, and rather varied, short stories. It is my personal belief that a writer who can tell a story in one voice or another, compared to the same voice or style for every story, is a sign of literate maturity. Pamela’s work exemplifies this. Comparing her short stories, The End of the World as We Know It (an apocalyptic vision), and Cinnamon & Cyanide, another glimpse of possible futures, we see she has written two completely different stories about a comparative time period and subject, each with a decidedly different voice and feel. Pamela has been writing on a serious level for a long time. With experienced tact, she can go from Nancy Drew to Clive Barker in a heartbeat! Considering her ability, it amazes me that more readers have not heard of her. But, this is a common woe, as the market was flooded with thousands of writers when Indie publishing became a thing, contributing to a great deal of talented writers drowning in the torrent.
Poor sales have always been a source of depression for countless writers, myself included, and Pamela has lamented this to me once or twice, herself. For whatever reason, she had dropped a previous publisher, and went to self publishing for a stretch, doing moderately well, as she might put it. However, she has recently signed on with HellBound Books (HBB) in hopes of increased publicity, and ultimately better sales. Sometimes, though, I have to wonder if Pamela doesn’t exaggerate a little, possibly to sympathize with nobodies like myself. With seven novels under her belt, and an eighth on its way, it’s hard for me to envision her as anything less than successful.
I didn’t know Pamela Morris when she wrote erotica. I met her just this year, a time that finds her engrossed in who-done-it type horror mysteries steeped in all the components of those things that go bump in the night. It’s no wonder I admire her, and feel connected to her as a writer, as we have been influenced by some of the same sources of inspiration. Some of this may be due to a similarity in age; we both can list The Twilight Zone and Kolchack: The Night Stalker ( a very early impression upon my sense of dark humor) as television programs that sparked our imaginations. And, of course, we both like Stephen King. Eventually I will check out one of Pamela’s earlier, more salacious works, but for now I’m quite enthralled with her current writing. Above all, however, I admire her for her discipline and prowess as a seasoned writer. Rather than just throwing some pornographic, blood & guts slop together, as so many self-published hacks do these days, she’s worked hard to establish herself as a serious writer that readers and fellow writers can look up too. Many times she has reminded me not to rush my own work, but to have patience with it, so each story can develop naturally in order to be its very best before submitting for publication. She deserves to be published, and HBB is very lucky to have her. And I, especially as an up and coming writer, am very blessed to know her. I was so thrilled when I asked her to write a foreward for my upcoming short story collection and she said “yes.”
You can learn more about Pamela Morris and her work through the following links:
And be sure to keep your eyes open for her coming novel, Dark Hollow Road, a psychological thriller that promises to be dark and disturbing. You can also read a one question interview with Pamela right here on this page, What Scared the Hell Out of Pamela Morris. Just scroll down to the beginning. She was the first guest to grace the pages of this web site.
Amendment: Pamela corrected me recently, reminding me that she had not dropped her former publisher: the publisher went out of business. That’s why she went to self-publishing. During this time, she wrote and self-published “That’s What Shadows are Made Of,” as well as offering a re-release of her book, “Secrets of the Scarecrow Moon,” sporting a new title and new cover. She went over a year without a publisher, until she signed on with HBB.