After the discussion, the panel took questions from the audience. When asked about original material, Nancy Holzner said that it isn't "...the idea, it's the execution that makes it yours." "It's how you twist it." advised Tom. Tahere stated, "Emotions are universal, whether you're a shapeshifter or not. People recognize emotions."
I'm not really sure I believe in "ghosts" per-se, but during the talk, I realized that supernatural stories are more prevalent than I realized. Sagers pointed out that there are even ghosts in the Bible. Mark Twain studied parapsychology and had foreseen his brother's death a month before it occurred. Emily Dickenson wrote down her ghost story and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a big believer in the afterlife. There are even many presidents who claim they have seen ghosts in the White House.
Apparently author R.L. Stine never had an experience but he is always looking. When he travels to schools, he encounters many students who believe in ghosts and they tell him their stories. Sagers said when doing his own research he encounters celebrities who explain, "I don't really believe, BUT..." and they go on to tell him of their unexplainable experiences.
So, if you have had a paranormal experience, you can say you are not only in good company but in famous company.
|(l-r) Miriam Parker, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton & Stephen Romano.|
|(l-r) Marcus, Stephen and Patrick.|
The authors discussed their childhood. The funniest stories came from Marcus and they are where he draws a lot of terror from. One was when he went ice fishing with his dad and fell in. Another is the "Hawk" story when his dad had to rehabilitate the bird and one of the feeding times took a turn south. And the last was a story about when his dad took him to check some traps and had to put down an animal that was still alive.
When writing for the Saw movies, they said they "...tapped into a twist of anger." and they have a "reservoir of stuff to use, from paper cut stories to 'what if's'." They discussed their kill scenes and how they figured out what would work and what wouldn't. They liked to write together because they could brainstorm and get feedback. Talking helps get your mind going and apparently your darker side too.