Coen de Moor about Chantal Noordeloos:
Chantal and I have been friends for more than ten years now. And she told me a great many stories, usually during roleplay sessions or larps. Sometimes these stories were well prepared, sometimes she just made them up as we went along.
What I found is that Chantal has just as many fears as I do. She’s afraid of many things. Some real things, some imaginary things. Especially imaganary things.
Just like me, Chantal can hardly watch a horror movie. And if she does, she’ll be hiding behind the couch, with a pillow over her head.
Isn’t that a weird thing for a teller of horror stories?
I think it’s not that weird. Before one can tell a good horror story, one must know fear. And Chantal knows fear!
I have come to know Chantal as the most frightening story teller of all. And it’s just not plain horror. Oh, she can do horror too. She can make you believe that there’s a horde of zombies sieging your house, killing everyone in their way, blood and limbs splattering all around. Chantal can do that.
But usually, she uses far more subtle tools. It’s not just plain horror. Chantal sees and senses your fears on many levels, and can trigger them in many ways.
This does not necessarily mean Chantal is a scary person. In fact, Chantal can be quite nice. She can be geat fun to hang around with. Also, she can be very inderstanding and sweet. Really!
As for her stories, I often find Chantal’s tales funny and entertaining. Sometimes her stories are sexy and exciting. Sometimes her stories confuse me, and sometimes things seem to make no sense at all. But then, sometimes het stories make perfect sense. Sometimes her stories explain everything.
But whatever story Chantal tells me, I am always on guard. Because I know this woman knows my fears, and she knows how to use them.
Keep that in mind readers! This woman knows your fears!
Mike Jansen about Chantal Noordeloos:
The first story by Chantal I read was not fit for publication. That’s ok, many stories and manuscripts that I read for Verschijnsel (www.verschijnsel.net) and Babel-SF (www.babel-sf.com) are not fit for publication. The question I ask myself after reading such a story is: do I want to read more work by this author? In this case the answer was ‘yes’…
So I asked for more work and I received a few manuscripts and I decided that Chantal possessed a few of the aspects that a good writer must have: imagination, perseverance and production. In addition there was a certain dark creativity that appealed to me. Later on James Ward Kirk put it very succinctly: “Chantal has the bones…”
Of course there’s also much work to do to get Chantal to the level that she needs to produce first rate material all the time. For that we’re following a relentless path with lots of experiments, plot discussions, world building, character exploration and above all: story writing. And not just any stories, but quality stories fit for publishing.
There’s lots more coming and if you like dark, horrific stories, come back often. This is the place to find them.