Hello all! I’ve been lucky enough to guest post here at Horror Tree a few times, but for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jennifer Anne Gordon. I am the author of Beautiful, Frightening and Silent, which won the Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense for 2020. I am also the author of the Hotel Series (the second novel in that series When the Sleeping Dead Still Talk is currently a semi-finalist for this year’s Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense for 2021!) My latest novel Pretty/Ugly is a dark literary horror novel with a dystopian vibe; it was was released in July.
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8 ways I name my characters
By: Die Booth
If you’re anything like me, naming the characters in your stories can sometimes get a little challenging. I’ve been writing for a long time now and as the short stories and flash fictions rack up, things can get a little, well, repetitive. So here are a few tricks that I use to come up with an endless supply of individual character names.
10 Most Common Bigfoot Clichés
Tropes abound in creature-feature fiction and films. Consumers have certain expectations, and writers who ignore those expectations risk poor reviews. But poor reviews are also in store for writers who use too many clichés. Oh, it’s a fine line, and one that I enjoy walking. My award-nominated creature-feature books include Devil Dragon, Thylacines, Contrition and Body Farm Z. I won an Australian Shadows Award for Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, which is packed with creatures from mermaids to harpies to aliens. Before I started writing my bigfoot novella, Man-Beast (Severed Press), I trawled the Internet for consumer opinions. What do bigfoot fans love? What do they hate? Here’s the list of over-used tropes I wanted to avoid.
Cliché 1: The story is set in North America
7 Tips How to Come Up with the Main Characters of Horror Story
Writing horror stories is way more challenging than making horror movies. The feelings and emotions a horror book or story creates are pretty different from the sensations watching a horror movie gives you. And in a horror story, not only the environment, the sounds, the incredible actions are the ones that could catch the attention of a reader. It is also about the characters, and especially about the main characters of the story.
They are the ones that initiate some actions, they take part in every event, they go through difficult and challenging situations, and so on. People who read a story or watch a movie live the action along with the main characters, so how you build them is very important. They need to be memorable to be remembered by the audience, so you need to work on crafting the best main characters. How can you do this? Well, here you have seven tips to come up with the main characters of a horror story.
The Strange Thing We Become and other Dark Tales by Eric LaRocca Review
By Justin Montgomery
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Eric LaRocca sent shockwaves through the horror community earlier this year with the publication of their phenomenal novella, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. A masterclass in tension and storytelling, I was blown away. When I was approached to give a review of their debut collection, The Strange Thing We Become and other Dark Tales, I jumped on the opportunity, and was once again whisked away into LaRocca’s velvet prose, thrust mercilessly into their macabre imagination rendered so beautifully onto the page.
The stories collected here are quite dark. This collection challenged me, pushed me into uncomfortable and repulsive territory, but I’m glad that it did—save for one story. I appreciated how the stories collected here grew in length and complexity as the collection went on, starting with the brilliant and quick “You Follow Wherever They Go” and growing. One thing that I simply love about LaRocca’s work is the way they title their stories. Creative and complex, yet effectively capturing the themes and emotion within the stories. A welcome change from the formulaic titles of “The (insert noun here)” that most authors (myself included) fallback onto. It’s here that, from the very outset of the stories, that LaRocca distinguishes themselves from the pack.
Anti-Social Skills for Improve Your Writing
In reality, it is important to improve your social skills to interact with other people better. But a writer needs some anti-social skills to pull off excellent writing. For instance, if you want to describe horror scenes, you need to set your unsocial side to work to describe better. It sounds weird, right? Don’t allow it to be.
Writers are typically introspective. They perceive the world with depth. So it helps them to carve out stories from their thoughts and contemplations. In most cases, writers are often viewed as idealists who lose themselves to the reflections in their minds. They bear untold stories in their hearts every step of the way.
However, some novice writers can’t even tell when their minds are creating a story. So the real challenge is to translate untold stories into a character’s words. You can find out about it on Ninjaessay. They offer essay samples that can help you to see the light. It comes to what your anti-social skills are and how to channel them to your writing.
What Are Anti-Social Skills?
First things first—what are anti-social skills? Let’s be honest. It’s challenging to create a meaning for anti-social skills in this context. It is because they are not typically described as skills but harmful behaviors that disrupt societal activities. In many cases, the phrase “anti-social” is often associated with personality disorders.” But in the world of writing, anti-social behavior is a skill and not a harmful behavior. Social skill is the ability to communicate with others. But an anti-social skill is the ability to communicate with yourself.
How To Start Writing Your Own Horror Blog
A horror blog is an excellent opportunity to combine your passion for such a genre and be useful to other lovers of the horror world. Surely you know what fans of this genre want to get, and this is a starting point in blog creation. If you do not know where to start your blog, then in this article, you will find tips that will help you start writing horror stories and trigger readers’ interest.
Top 5 Tips How to Start Your Horror Blog
Newbies in such a direction as horror blogging face difficulties to start content creation. Even though there are a lot of those who prefer horror topics, this direction requires a reasonable approach to conquer their audience. Below you will find tips that will help you to start writing a horror blog.
Determine the Purpose of Your Blog
Before you start creating a blog, it is worth it to determine the goal. Maybe you desire to write horror stories? Maybe you are dreaming of making horror or book movie reviews?
5 Overused Horror Movie Clichés To Avoid In Your Writing
With a few notable exceptions such as the brilliance of Parasite and Get Out, horror movies have the tendency to heavily rely on recycled tropes to scare audiences. It makes sense to follow a proven formula that works when writing a genre that is as difficult to write and to get right as horror. However, it is possible to craft a terrifying story without resorting to overused clichés that viewers can see coming.