I run into this all the time. Authors who write in the horror genre behaving like major douchebags. I say “behaving” not “acting like” because some of them are not acting.
We get it. Oooo, you’re dark and twisted.
Let’s drop the facade for a moment.
- Your readers are still people
- People deserve to be treated with respect (especially when they are buying your product)
- The obnoxious bit gets old. Fast.
I’ve worked long and hard to overcome social anxiety and my general anti-social behavior because fans and readers deserve a little consideration. I’m not saying there aren’t douchebag fans out there. I’m saying, if you are given respect be humble enough to return it.