It’s really hard to say what inspired me specifically. I guess if I had to pin it down, like many other of the creators in this thread said, it would be loneliness and a sense of non belonging—but also solidarity.
I’ve always been kind of a loner child, but getting bullied severely for years didn’t help. On top of that, I was considered one of the “weird” kids for mental conditions I won’t list here—plus, I later discovered in life that not only am I trans, I am also gay, so that further alienated me from the general population. I drifted towards internet communities since I couldn’t really “connect” with the people around me and I haven’t regretted that since.
It was online that I discovered the depth of the horror genre and people like me, who felt like they didn’t belong. With them, I could share my creativity. They inspired me to keep pursuing my art career, and without them I probably would have stopped drawing and creating stories entirely. So while my stories do focus on the feeling of not belonging... I also want them to focus on finding a community of people like you, who genuinely care for and love you and will always support you, even if it seems like the whole world’s huge and scary and unaccepting.
That... kind of turned into a long sappy rant, but. Yeah.