EVER READ A BOOK BY STEPHEN KING AND END UP COWERING UNDER THE COVERS ALL NIGHT HUGGING YOUR TEDDY AND NEED TO LEAVE THE LIGHT ON TO WARD OFF THE BOGEY MAN? YA THAT’S ME! I DID THAT AFTER READING CUJO. THESE BOOKS ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART BUT THERE ARE THOSE DIE HARD HORROR FANS WHO LOVE TO HAVE THE POOP SCARED OUT OF THEMSELVES!!!!
CLASSIC HORROR LIKE DRACULA AND FRANKENSTEIN HAVE BEEN MAKING READERS QUAKING IN THERE BOOTS FOR CENTURIES. BUT IF YOU WANT A GOOD PSYCHOLOGALLY FREAKY SCARE STEPHEN KING WILL DO THE JOB EVERY TIME!!!
I WILL ADMIT I DID BRAVE A FEW HORROR BOOKS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND A LOT BRAVER –I READ KING, DEAN KOONTZ JOHN SAUL AND THE LIKE BUT ONCE I HIT MY 30’S AND HAD KIDS —-THAT GOT OLD REALLY QUICK!
Horror is a genre of speculative fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror.
CLASSIC HORROR AUTHORS
EDGAR ALAN POE—TELL TALE HEART AND PIT AND THE PENDULUM
MORE MODERN HORROR AUTHORS INCLUDE
STEPHEN KING-MY FAVE WAS THE STAND BECAUSE IT WASN’T A
MATTER OF SCARY MONSTERS BUT ABOUT A PLAGUE THAT ATTACKS THE US –THE DEVIL TAKES ADVANTAGE OF COURSE AND ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE –IT WAS SCARY GOOD BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY THAT IT COULD.
DEAN KOONTZ-NOT SURE IF I HAVE A FAVORITE BUT I REMEMBER MY MOTHER IN LAW GIVING ME A PILE OF BOOKS TO READ AND THERE WERE A FEW BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR IN THE PILE LIKE PHANTOMS AND WHISPERS–THESE ARE THE 2 THAT STUCK OUT
I KNOW OF ONE INDEPENDENT AUTHOR WHO HAS PENNED A FEW BOOKS THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANNA SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON.
WITCHWOODS: I AM NOT GONNA READ THIS ONE. THE AUTHOR TOLD ME IN AN INTERVIEW THAT IT WAS LOOSELY BASED ON THE BLAIR WITCH. JUST LOOKING AT THE COVER GAVE ME THE WILLIES. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE A LOVER OF HORROR IT MIGHT JUST BE A GOOD READ I WILL LEAVE IT FOR YOU TO DECIDE
IN THE MANOR OF HEATHER BLACK- HEATHER BLACK WAS A BEAUTIFUL YET VAIN WOMAN WHO LIVED IN THE MANOR DURING THE CIVIL WAR. UNBEKNOWNST TO HER HUSBAND AND PEOPLE AROUND HER, HEATHER WAS A WITCH. THAT’S ALL I WILL SAY. I READ UP TO CHAPTER TEN IN THIS BOOK BEFORE I GAVE UP. IT’S A GREAT STORY AND HAS ALL THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD HORROR STORY BUT THE SCAREDY CAT THAT I AM WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO CONTINUE.
I HAVE NOT READ THIS YET BUT I WILL GIVE IT A TRY. THE AUTHOR ASSURED ME THAT THE CHARACTERS WILL ALL DIE IN A GRUESOME FASHION AND THAT HIS CHARACTER-YA HE WROTE HIMSELF INTO IT AND KILLED HIMSELF OFF MOST VIOLENTLY. THE STORY INVOLVES A GROUP OF FRIENDS SEEKING OUT THE SCARIEST PLACES AROUND HALLOWEEN. YES ITS TIME TO GET YOUR SCARE ON READERS THIS ONE IS GONNA FREAK YOU THE HELL OUT. i KNOW MY FRIEND VIV WILL JUMP RIGHT INTO THE FRAY WHILE DELLANI AND AILEEN SAY THANKS BUT NO THANKS
CHECK THIS SITE OUT FOR TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE A GREAT HORROR STORY
5 common elements of the best horror stories
The best horror stories share at least five elements in common:
- They explore ‘malevolent’ or ‘wicked’ characters, deeds or phenomena.
- They arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust as well as the sense of the uncanny – things are not what they seem. There is a heightened sense of the unknown and/or mysterious.
- They are intense (as the dictionary definition reminds us). Horror books convey intense emotion, mood, tone and environments. Together, these produce the sense that everything is charged with ominous possibility.
- They contain scary and/or shocking and scintillating plot twists and story reveals (unlike episodes of the cartoon Scooby Doo, in which the bad guys are typically conniving realtors dressed as paranormal beings – ghosts, werewolves). In horror the ghosts and werewolves are very, very real.
- They immerse readers in the macabre. Horror tends to deal with morbid situations, from repetitive cycles of violence to death-related uncanny scenarios. Zombies march, vampires make you join their legion, or (in subtler scenarios) long-dead friends or relations pay unexpected visits.
How do you write a horror story or novel like Stephen King, Clive Barker or (looking further back in the genre’s history) Edgar Allan Poe? Start with these six tips:
IF YOU ARE A FAN OF THE GENRE HERE ARE SOME BOOKS TO GIVE YOU A GOOD FRIGHT