This is a thought now about how us younger, new genre writers, filmmakers etc. view create alongside the still productive legend authors and directors of horror, science fiction and fantasy film and fiction still around us today.
I am wondering just how some of the absoulte legends like Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, James Herbert, Stephen King, and in film John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Romero, Wes Craven, to name only a small few; how they decide to work as they move past their own individual classic novels or movies, as newer writers and filmmakers come up with their own tales of terror and films of fantastcial wonder.
I do wonder if most new creative types are fully aware of films like Suspiria, Hellraiser, Blade Runner, 2001, books like The Stand, The Damnation Game, IT, Dune and more. Now of course writers, artists, filmmakers do not have to be aware of or influenced by the many supposed ‘classics’ but they can always also learn so much and respect what has gone before.
Many respected genre films of previous decades such as Romero’s Living Dead movies, Cronenberg’s films, Star Wars even have been argued to repesent and reflect many of the social fears and anxieties of their times. Well how do the old masters produce their new work along with young blood who might be much closer connected to today’s times? But then every one can create their films, books, television series from their own individual perspective, the more points of view the better of course.
I myself admire many authors and film directors such as Barker, King, Anne Rice, Ridley Scott, Peter .F. Hamilton, Ian M Banks, William Gibson and I hope that I can produce work which reveals their infleunce but also my own personal view and imaginings. I think I am possibly suggesting that we see more respect and interaction between older highly regarded legends of genre film and fiction and the newer fresher ones following their paths with their own tales.
I hope that many of the greats can still find and recieve the respect they continually deserve and that the next generations of fear film directors, writers of fantastical tals and SF mind blowers acknowledge the classics and build upon these works which came to be what we now know when we think of science fiction, horror or fantasy and the many sub-genres which captivate us.