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3 Writing Tips From Famous Horror Authors

3 Writing Tips From Famous Horror Authors

By: Frank Hamilton

 

Do you like writing or reading about things that can shake everyone to the core? Then you are at the right place. In today’s article, we are combining 3 of the most essential tips to help you understand what makes a good horror story. If you are as excited as we are, let’s read further!
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Scooby Doo, horror fiction, and the future of a beloved franchise

Scooby Doo, horror fiction, and the future of a beloved franchise
By: Drew Purcell

 

What exactly makes Scooby Doo so enjoyable? I wouldn’t be the first to point out that the gang’s adventures are seldom legitimately scary, funny, or mysterious — with some notable exceptions being the superb Mystery Incorporated TV show, the T-rated Scooby Apocalypse comic series, David Cross’ bizarre “Night of the Living Doo” special, the two perfectly cast theatrical movies written and directed by James Gunn (who was reportedly held back by the studio from fully realizing his vision), and some of the early straight-to-video movies like Zombie Island and The Witch’s Ghost. Okay, so there are plenty of examples of decent Scooby Doo releases…. However, I think it’s fair to say that much of the franchise’s output over the years has been sub-par and has relied too heavily on the same old tropes. The recent SCOOB movie that is apparently the first work in a “Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe” is an example of this. Thankfully, to me at least, Scooby is like pizza in that even at his worst, he’s still enjoyable. 
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7 Tips for Writing Speculative Fiction with Creative Writing Prompts

7 Tips for Writing Speculative Fiction with Creative Writing Prompts
By: Justin Osborne

Writing speculative fiction can be challenging, since events do not take place in the real world. Speculative fiction is sometimes called a “what-if” scenario, since the writer proposes a course of action and then speculates the outcome based on her own assessments of the story. 

This type of creative writing changes the laws of possible and impossible and breaks down the barrier between them. The action that takes place in a brand-new, separate universe can be inspired by events that happened in real life – and most of the time, it is. However, random speculations give the writer a broader storyline and the ability to create an imaginative plot and uncanny characters. Here are seven of the most important tips for creating speculative writing fiction with creative writing prompts. 
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An Interview With Michelle River of Eerie River Publishing

Hi Michelle, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and Eerie River Publishing?

My name is Michelle and I am about 90% black coffee (mostly room temperature) and 10% tsunami. Which is a lot like Eerie River Publishing. A caffeinated force pushing itself forward regardless of the obstacles in its path. I have always been a huge horror fan, from the moment that my sister and I watched Dolls in our cousins basement when we were way too young, to the late night horror movie sessions as teenagers, to the family (yes family) seances in my parents house as a young adult. The dark and macabre have sung my name and the sound was sweet to my ears. I didn’t always know I wanted to write horror, but it has been a huge part of my life for so long it only made sense that I find myself here in the end. Or the beginning, as it were. 

 

Eerie River, is a small publishing house that publishes anthologies of horror and dark fantasy. This year we also began to release single author novels, starting with SENTINEL by Drew Starling, which just came out May 14th. 

 

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Secrets to Write Scary Stories Based on Neuroscience

Secrets to Write Scary Stories Based on Neuroscience

People love scary things, from spooky campfire stories to true-crime TV shows and to extreme sports. As long as we have some control over a threat, we can enjoy it. This is just a weird feature of human psychology.

Although many people love to be scared, it doesn’t mean that writing scary stories is easy. Horror novels have a lot in common with other types of fiction. Different kinds of fiction stories often revolve around heroes who face threats or difficulties. Many stories are about people in dangerous situations.

At the same time, horror stories are different from other types of fiction because heroes face threats that seem impossible to overcome. Many horror stories have supernatural or superhuman elements. In scary stories, threats and danger are not just a background for other things but the main elements that make these stories interesting for readers.

Many horror writers often get stuck staring at a blank page and having no idea of what could make their story special. The truth is that all famous writers, including Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and R.L. Stine faced the same problems and had the same questions when they were writing their very first stories.
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4 Tips For Horror Writers From The Genre’s Masters

4 Tips For Horror Writers From The Genre’s Masters
by: Ashley Halsey

 

One of the most terrifying things about horror writing is the sight of a blank page. A truly scary story is not easy to craft, as any of the great writers of the genre will attest. To help you chill the spines of anyone who dares to read your work then, here are four tips for writing great horror.

 

  1. Make Your Protagonist Likeable

Remember those scenes in horror films where you’re glad the monster got the character? That’s because you didn’t care for them. If your protagonist is unlikeable, your reader won’t root for them, making it impossible for them to share in the character’s fear and danger.

 

Stephen King said it best:
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The Art of Writing Horror Poetry
By: Lauren Groff

Horror writing is a slippery fish.  Cliches lurk in the bushes, tired out tropes haunt the halls, and there is a certain demonic pressure that comes with setting out to be deliberately ‘scary.’  Writing horror poetry brings its own particular challenges but the form is, arguably, perfectly suited to the genre; verse allows for a flow, an ambiguity, a sense of dislocation and dreaminess that can serve the spooky very well indeed, when played with just the right touch.  Let’s have a look at some ideas for how to make your horror poem truly horrific – in the best possible way.

 

Bringing the Fear

The most fundamental thing to note is that, if it scares you, and you can write about it convincingly, you’ve got a good chance of it scaring me as a reader.  At the very least I’m going to buy into a level of dread or feeling of uncertainty, and these are great things to be aiming for in the world of horror writing.

 

Form, rhyme structure, verse length – choose whatever serves you and the poem, there are no rules here.  Experiment with your subject matter, see what works well and what doesn’t, free-write and make messy drafts until you discover the form your horror poem wants to take.
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Quick Guide On Making Your Horror Screenplay TRULY Terrifying

Quick Guide On Making Your Horror Screenplay TRULY Terrifying

If you like watching scary movies, and you know your way around the formula that creates the best horror, then you might be interested in writing your own horror screenplay. A horror screenplay is special to write, because you’re not only telling the story, but you’re also giving your audience a good scare.

In this quick guide, we’ll show you 7 tips on how to craft a good horror screenplay.

  1. Take Inspiration From Your Own Fears

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