Over the past few months, I’ve suggested a few ways you can go about writing your own horror work, including looking at monsters, and locations. However I’ve purposefully left the best until last – learning from how the professionals do it! Naturally there are some authors more synonymous with horror than others, and I’ve purposefully left …

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Last month we talked about the importance of location in horror, and this time I want to talk about characters. Not ALL characters – horror has a certain set of ‘rules’ about its characters, so I want to break it down to talk about a very specific type of character; The Antagonist. There are different …

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We’ve previously talked about types of horror, and the basic process to actually write a horror story, but I thought we might spend the next few posts looking at the elements of a successful horror story. You can have all of the gory bits you like, but without some building blocks, your story might not …

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So last month we talked about the three ‘umbrella’ terms for horror – Visceral, Psychological, and Supernatural. Remember that a horror story can encompass one or more of those areas and still be horror. But how do you go about writing a horror story? This post is essentially for those of you who have never …

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As this is the first post for this horror-themed column, I thought we’d take some time out to have a look at the main areas of horror – after all, it’s a wide-ranging genre whose content includes both Poltergeist and Saw. Some people will say they don’t like gory films, but they like ghost stories, …

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