Lindsey Beth Goddard is my Woman In Horror today! Lindsey started writing at the age of six. It only took a few more years before her feel-good stories blossomed into horror. For a while, she wrote as LB Goddard but then decided it didn't matter if readers knew she was a woman. Way to go, Lindsey! It's all about the story.
She usually develops a story from a plot which comes to her, rather than the characters, and is a visual person first, having to add the other senses as she goes along with her tale. Lindsey's attitude about research is refreshing. She does what she has to do to make the story accurate, but is not exactly comfortable with straying too far outside her comfort zone.
For a really great interview with Lindsey, go to http://www.lisamccourthollar.com/2014/02/women-in-horror-lindsey-goddard.html and read what she and Lisa McCourt Hollar have to say. Very interesting stuff.
So, you're thinking, "How do I know if I want to buy Lindsey's books?" Couldn't be any easier! Go right here http://www.lindseybethgoddard.com/free-reads.html and get a goodie bag of free stories. Can't go wrong with that, can you?
Here are some more links to learn more about this fascinating lady:http://raywallacefiction.com/?p=156
Lindsey has a great author interview blog on http://authorinterviewcorner.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/e-s-wynn/ .
Here is a piece I stole from Sirens Call.
This is her inspiration for The Blue Girl, in the anthology Mental Ward: Echoes Of The Past
The Inspiration Behind The Blue GirlThroughout human history man has inflicted pain upon his fellow man in hopes of “curing” or “cleansing” him of an affliction. The motivations behind these acts of violence are clear: A fear of the unknown. In retrospect, electroshock, blood-letting, ice-cold baths, and lobotomies seem a cruel way to treat mental illness. Not to mention our even more primitive ancestors, who perceived it as possession by the devil, and who chipped through the skull with crude tools into order to “let the demons out”. One has only to possess a modicum of common sense to realize the innumerable amount of innocent people who must have died as a result of this treatment.
In the middle ages, it was standard procedure to throw sufferers of mental illness into the dungeon, sometimes for life. It was commonplace to beat them, as a punishment for dishonoring their families. Almost everything in these superstitious times was attributed to a higher force. It was believed that a person stricken with such an affliction must have sinned, or otherwise angered God.
Even after the introduction of asylums things did not improve. Insane asylums were not focused on helping mental patients overcome their illness, but merely a place where family members, in good conscience, could abandon their troubles and never return. There are documented cases of people being shackled to walls with only enough slack to feed themselves, not enough to lay down and sleep. The rooms were never cleaned; the humans chained there were never allowed exercise, and they were given the bare minimum of what was needed to survive. I imagine death seemed preferable to most, if not all, of these maltreated and misunderstood patients.
What motivated me to write The Blue Girl is simple: Although the methods I’ve described seem like a thing of the past, in many areas of the world this inhumane treatment continues today. You and I live in a society where mental illness is understood, where people seek and receive the help they need. And yet, even in these modern times, superstition is prominent in certain areas, taking precedence over medical science and causing humans to suffer needlessly.
This is not to say there haven’t been sympathizers over the years, those who disapproved of the savage treatment of the “insane”. The young apprentice in my story, Frederick, is reluctant to harm the beautiful Anna. He feels conflicted about going through with the brutal treatment once he gazes upon her innocent face. But, he goes through with it anyway. Why? He is taking cues from the doctor, someone more powerful than himself. I imagine this happens a lot. I imagine that in most cases of human suffering throughout the world, cases where human rights are of little to no value, there are always those people who want to speak out against it. People who want to change things, but who instead remain voiceless, because it is safer to do so.
The Blue Girl was written with all these people in mind: those who have endured tortures, those who have been powerless to stop it, and those who have been haunted by their actions. I was watching the second season of American Horror Story when I noticed the call for submissions, and from there, the idea sprouting in my mind grew into an anguishing tale. It’s the story of Anna, a helpless victim of asylum abuse. And undoubtedly, it’s the story of countless others…
***Echoes of the Past…
In places where unspeakable atrocities occurred sometimes ‘something’ lingers, stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead. Those who believe in the grey area behind the veil will tell you that those places can become eternal cages that hold the souls of the deceased captive.
Mental Ward: Echoes of the Past is a collection of twelve such stories; tales of hauntings taking place in asylums. The places where the crazed, the insane, and sometimes the different were hidden away from society’s view.
Follow the winding path crafted by the talented, and in some cases, twisted imaginations of the storytellers who would taint your peaceful world with their echoes of the past.
Lindsey Beth Goddard's passion for storytelling started at an early age. At fifteen she was published in a small-press magazine, and--ever since--her work has sprinkled the horror genre, although her pen name has changed more than once. She resides in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO with her husband, three children and a daft feline companion.
Lindsey Beth Goddard is a Woman In Horror!
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