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Hello all you Insecure writers (and readers). Today, this insecure writer wants to offer you yummy resources. And as it’s that time of year (leaving Halloween … almost Bonfire Night), I’m offering some of most helpful resources for writing horror that I’m come across to date. Hope they are of some use to some of you 🙂
Resources / Links to Blog Posts / Articles.
- The Perception and Psychology of the Horror Writer
- The lure of horror | The Psychologist
- How to write a scary scene | Pub(lishing) Crawl
- 25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror
- 17 Ways To Write A Terrifyingly Good Horror Story
- Karen Woodward: Writing Horror: What Makes A Story Scary?
- HORROR WRITING WORKSHEET – Alexander Gordon Smith
- The Psychology of Scary Movies | FilmmakerIQ.com
Useful Books About How To Write Horror:
- Writing Dark Stories by Rayne Hall 2014
- Writing Scary Scenes by Rayne Hall 2014
- On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association 2006 (Multiple Authors)
- Horror 101: The Way Forward 2014 (Multiple Authors – a 2015 Bram Stoker Award nominee)
- Horror Writing 101: How to Write a Horror Nove 2013 by Steve French
Great Horror Books To Read:
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis 1991
- The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson 1977
- Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons 1989
- The Damnation Game by Clive Barker 1985
- Dracula by Bram Stoker 1897
- Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum 1989
- Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk 2005 (Shorts)
- The Shining by Stephen King 1977
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman 2014
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1892 (Some may not describe this as horror, but it is very disturbing short and to me, a psychological horror)
- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu 1871
For a list of awesome must-see horror movies, click HERE.
Quick Book Mention
DREAD: Psychological, Satirical & Post-Apocalyptic Horror
Before I go, please allow me to share my horror box set (and the new cover) offer as it ends at 6 p.m. (UK time) 5th November. It’s only 99c/99p until then. If you haven’t read it (or any of the stories) please pick up a copy and leave me a review if you’re feeling friendly. 🙂
*Three Very Different British Horror Stories*
A Slow Burn: By ELA
“Shah has done it again with her flowing style. The characters are so realistic that it’s chilling. I will admit to having read this with the lights well and truly on!! Such vivid imagery that it felt like I was watching a movie as I read. I highly recommend this novella to all lovers of this genre.”
The Dead Party: By Stefanie
“One of the best political satires that I’ve come across in a long time!”
Rosa and Bella’s Journal Of Decline: By Sammy
“Brilliant and addictive. Enjoyed from the first paragraph’ second paragraph and I was hooked. Yet another fantastic book from this author.”
*Oh, PS: My horror flash fiction made it to the anthology for Dark Chapter Press! Exciting. 🙂
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Do you write or read horror?