About

Layla Cummins’ short fiction, poetry and non-fiction have been published in The Saturday Evening Post, Phantaxis, Grimdark Magazine, Crannóg, Sanitarium Magazine, Bugs: Tales That Slither Creep & Crawl, 100 Doors To Madness, GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries & more. She was a finalist in the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award and lives in Bristol, England with her family and two cats.

Horror, freaks and monsters were a huge part of my life from a very young age. I used to watch horror films and read Stephen King novels way before any child probably should. But I enjoyed them, and thankfully my parents recognised that. I never had bad dreams and I never worried about what was under the bed. Most of the time.

I’ve written horror stories, humourous stories, even a story about a horse. I can’t stay in one place, I have to explore. Imagine if Heath Ledger had never ventured out of his cushy typecasting.

Growing up I chopped and changed my career choices regularly, usually after watching films. After Jurassic Park I wanted to be a Palaeontologist; The Mummy, an Archaeologist; Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the owner of Toon Town. But really, it was always going to be writing.

After a few truly horrendous jobs, including escaping from a tall red-brick tower where everyone fixated on money, I have well and truly embraced my dark side and I’d like to invite you to do the same.

3 comments

  1. Hey thats awesome you write horror. I write a lot of horror. I love horror movies. I have a huge collection. I write a lot of vampire stories, slashers, universal monsters inspired stories, hammer inspired stories. I am 39 short stories away from writing my 1000 short story. I’ve written 26 books. I have Anxiety and Bipolar. Nice to meet you I’ll be checking out your blogs.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, and congrats on being so close to an incredible amount of stories! 1000? That’s some work ethic you’ve got there – I’m not even a tenth of the way there… I won’t ask what your favourite horror film is – I’m not that cruel. But are there any horror movies in particular that have inspired you when writing horror fiction?

      1. Plenty a lot I have ‘the’ collection of horror ‘Halloween’ ‘Scream’ slasher books with teens against a whodunnit killer ‘A Thirst For Murder’ was basically like Scream and dedicated to Wes Craven after he died. I did a fan fic book of Freddy vs Jason 2 which has Michael Myers horror legends Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and a group of teens as the heroes in that book there are a bunch of songs written in and an ending monologue from Vincent Price. I’d say Scream Halloween and The Horror OF Dracula Christopher Lee Peter Cushing movies have been the most influential. Halloween is my favorite horror movie. I have done so many different kinds of horror.

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