Horror, grotesqueries, 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; he may never have become the Joker.
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.
Layla Cummins’ short fiction, poetry and non-fiction have been published in The Saturday Evening Post, 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 three unruly cats.