Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Writer Will Take Your Questions Now (#228) -- Old Style

Is there a type of story that isn't really being told anymore that you wish
would come back into fashion so you could write that kind of tale?

Oh yes. I wish the sort of Twilight Zone, end-reveal comic book story that used to be told in horror and sci-fi anthologies like Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, Weird Science, Ghosts, and House of Mystery (among others) would come back into style. I love that kind of story, even if today's jaded and cynical reader might find them not just old-fashioned, but also a little silly or perhaps just campy.

Back during my days at Shooting Star Comics, we published a few in that style, and sure enough, we had reviewers call us out on it for being too nostalgic or just "cheating" with a Twilight Zone ending. But we enjoyed them. Call it nostalgia or cheating if you must, but they still all kinds of fun to me.