Not only is Zenescope’s newest horror series, Peek-a-Boo, coming out soon, but today is also International Women’s Day! For the occasion, we interviewed Peek-a-Boo writer Victoria Rau. Today we are appreciating her and all of our female writers and artists.
Zenescope: Peek-a-Boo is one of Zenescope’s newest series. Can you give the readers a brief overview of the series so they know what to expect?
Victoria Rau: A bereaved mother, Pamela, and her three teenage children embark on a guided group hike/camping trip in the narrow, painted canyons of Utah. Everything seems to be going well, aside from some pain-in-the-ass fellow campers, until the first night. The group is attacked by unseen predators who kidnap two young women, including Pamela’s eldest daughter. Pamela and the group must rescue the girls before it’s too late, though keeping themselves alive long enough to find them turns out to be a major problem.
Z: Peek-a-Boo definitely has some horror vibes, so what kind of thrill can horror fans expect from it?
VR: There’s a lot of blood for sure! Many of the characters have trouble keeping their guts inside their bodies. But with the backdrop of these slot canyons – which if you’ve ever seen you know it’s a very tight squeeze to get down some of them – there’s a ton of places for the attackers to hide. It’s like a maze that can close over your head at any moment, plunging you into a cave. Dank caves, tight canyons, sheer drops, wicked weapons – lots of ways to die!
Z: If you had to compare Peek-a-Boo as a hybrid of any two existing stories, movies, books, or TV shows, which would you choose and why?
VR: That’s a tough one. To be fair, I’m really bad at these but as soon as someone mentions two, I’m like “Oh yeah, I totally see it!” Maybe like Ash vs Evil Dead meets Bone Tomahawk…? I’ll probably get killed for that comparison.
Z: Have you written previous horror series in the past? What is your preferred genre to write and how did you tailor Peek-a-Boo to (your preferred genre)?
VR: I’m a historian and screenwriter by training/trade, so I’m always writing twisted historical or literary stuff. That’s one of the reasons I love Zenescope’s scope of work so much. I’ve written horror comedy and twisted literary horror, so I was absolutely ready for Peek-A-Boo.
Z: Valentine’s Day recently passed. Can you write us a short/silly Valentine’s horror story in 3-4 sentences?
VR: “There. That’s better.” She settled back to inspect her work, the scalpel dripping crimson onto the carpet, mixing with the beautiful dark bloom from under his head. “Now you look like your profile pic.”
Sorry, that was pretty dark. I do mostly dark. Here’s a sillier one:
She pushed him away slightly, her lips pulling back into a small smile. “I don’t know. I’ve never done this on a first date before.” He grinned back, teeth glinting in the candlelight. “Come on, baby. We’ll take it slow.” Finally, she nodded and placed her fingertips touching his on the cracked planchette of the ancient Ouija board. “I mean, really, what could go wrong?”
Z: Peek-a-Boo takes place during a camping trip. Have you ever gone camping? Are you scared to now that you’ve imagined awful things that can happen in the woods?
VR: I love camping, though I definitely prefer my RV (good for camping and escaping the zombie apocalypse) to tents. I’m pretty sure anything could eventually bust through the flimsy door, but it would take them longer than ripping a nylon tent apart. The RV also has a toilet inside so no one will go wandering off to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. That’s when the bad things get you! Never go into the woods alone at night. Besides the wendigos, there could be, like, normal bears and stuff. Or raccoons. Those guys are crazy. But honestly, I think camping is inherently scary because it’s so dark. There’s that fear of the unknown, like anything could be lurking beyond the campfire and you would never be able to see it until it’s too late…
A special thanks to Victoria for completing this interview with us! Happy International Women’s Day to all our female Zenescope fans as well. Always remember that you are strong and empowered! Be sure to check out Peek-a-Boo, on shelves March 14th, 2018.