Horror is a wonderful word. It can mean so many different things. It evokes in the mind images of serial killers and clowns enraged, chasing campers down by a lake. Horror can also be mysterious, romantic, technical, science fiction, or just about any other genre you can think of. It is a wonderfully flexible world to live in and an exciting time to be a writer.
Entertaining horror has its limits, though. For example, horror in a novel this great. The horror of somebody losing their home in real life is incredibly sad. I think that’s an important distinction because horror writers (and writers in general) live primarily in their minds. We see the world in an almost cartoonish measure. Where normal people see a dark alley and try not to think of the fear it instills in them, a horror writer likely thinks of that same dark alley and all potential others he or she can build into it.
It would be easy to see how someone who works in the horror genre can look at the flooding in Texas and build something terrible around it. I would argue that no additional horror is needed. This is as bad as it gets. As a matter of fact, most writers would ask ourselves what it is that we can do to help.
Unless you’re enormously rich or tremendously powerful, it would be easy to get the impression you have little to give. And there’s where you’d be wrong.
No matter how you look at it, the events in Houston were unique. It was truly an unusual storm system kept in place by another unusual set of circumstances. The storm was basically forced into a holding pattern while the rest of the high pressure systems moved out of the way so it could continue on its path. Circumstances beyond anyone’s control, to be sure.
I’ve been sharing information on my Facebook pages about what can be done to help. I myself donated a little bit of money for the relief efforts through the American Red Cross. I’m not rich and I donated what I could. I’m asking each of you to do the same.
It’s very simple, you can donate through the American Red Cross or just about any other organization which has ongoing efforts to raise money for the relief efforts. We, individually, aren’t rich and powerful. We, collectively, are essentially unstoppable.
It’s a dirty little secret that most charitable organizations aren’t funded by the rich. That’s not to say that they don’t care. But it is usually the people in the middle and lower class who raise the most money. Think about it. If we all gave a little, that adds up quick. One rich guy or gal can’t keep up with our overall charitable power. $10, $20, $50, or $100 is all it takes to make a little bit of a difference.
Like I said, I gave to the Red Cross. I’m not gonna tell you who to give your money to, but I do highly encourage you to donate something. Many organizations can take a little bit of money and turn it into a lot of good.
-Your Humble Servant