Wednesday, September 2, 2020

What author would you pick to be your beta reader if you could have anyone?

Yay! There's only four months left in 2020. This year has been the longest one in my living memory. At least we have the Insecure Writer's Support Group to share together online. Haven't heard about it? Well let me fix that right now. This is a copy/paste from their sign-up page which can be found right HERE.

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September 2 question - If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

I'm going to stretch the traditional view of what we consider an "author" and name movie director, Guillermo del Toro Gomez. If you aren't familiar with his absolutely brilliant work, Guillermo is a Mexican filmmaker, author, actor, and former special effects makeup artist. He has won Oscars for both Best Director and Best Picture. He has been my favorite director for about twenty years.

With Chuck Hogan, he co-authored The Strain trilogy of novels, which were adapted for a terrible television series (you can't win 'em all). His work has been characterized by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty into the grotesque. He's also had a lifelong fascination with monsters, which he considers symbols of great power.

I think del Toro just resonates with me. I write weird and unsettling stories that make people have gut reactions of "gross" or "this is just too out there." My writings are influenced by Lovecraftian-type things, and del Toro loves those kinds of strange and weird tales too. You see it in his films like Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and Shape of Water.

As a beta partner for my writing, I think that del Toro would be perfect. That he'd give me the kind of criticisms that I desire in order to hit my target audience (which honestly is probably similar to those who love del Toro's work). Anyone (for example) who feels that they'd love a del Toro production of Lovecraft's "Into the Mountains of Madness" would probably get something out of my work as well.

Now I'm off to see what authors other people have chosen. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Clever choice. He does favor the dark fantasy and knows how to bring it alive. I still remember the first time I watched The Devil's Backbone. Brilliant film.

  2. Great idea! Ooh, now I'm going to have fun thinking of which director I might choose...

  3. The problem is a lot of big time authors are jerks and so might not be the best beta readers.

  4. I think if he writes, he counts. Probably would be a good fit.