EU senior deep in work on horror novel

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Most aspiring authors dream of writing a book years before they put pen to paper — fingers to keyboard. However, this was not the case for Edinboro University senior Kyle Curry.

He originally thought, “I’ll probably never write a book, because I want to do screenwriting.” However, that all changed when one of Curry’s friends claimed that, “horror is dead.”   

He set out to prove them wrong.   

The book’s concept began to take shape in May. But while the genre came easy — it had to be horror — the specific story took him longer to settle on. “The whole thing, in all reality, is just out of spite, because it’s one hell of a motivator for me.”   

Curry wanted to reach beyond the cliches of the genre and branch into the modern-day horror many people face: mental illness. Instead of creating a plot where scary monsters attack a whole city, or a serial killer escapes from a mental hospital, Curry wanted to get down to the individual level. While he explains that the book is not a memoir or biography in any way, he was inspired by his own struggles with mental health.  

The writing itself began in mid-June. At this point, Curry began to flesh out full scenes and create character identities.   

Writing a book is no easy feat, but the Edinboro senior didn’t work alone. He’s enrolled in the BookSchool program offered through the Creator’s Institute in Washington, D.C. The program helps young writers get their start in written works, inspiring them to create. According to their website, they “assign a development editor whose sole job is to help develop ideas into stories that eventually become a manuscript.” The editor Curry is currently working with is helping him create what will hopefully become a first draft manuscript by early October.   

Curry could not reveal much about the plot — he wants to preserve the mystique of a horror novel — but he did say the book, whose working title is  “The Cave of Appalachia,” is set in and around Curry’s own hometown. His book will focus on unexplored caves and three people who should not be exploring them, but do anyway. In a bout of misfortune, one of these individuals becomes trapped with no apparent way out.   

While this project originally started as a way to prove a friend wrong, it has spiraled into something much bigger. Curry is in talks with publishers, and while he could not divulge any details, he expects the book to be slated for released in April 2021, right before the end of his senior year.

Emily Anderson is the Voices Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at

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