The bottom line for all fiction is that the story is a lie the reader can believe in, with characters he comes to know and care about. In horror fiction and monster stories, the bottom line is that the reader will believe and be afraid. The best horror stories force the reader to turn the pages with growing dread and prickling anxiety. These tales make the reader feel terrifyingly alone and ask how much control humans have over their fate. Most horror and monster stories start fairly briskly, introducing the horror early or at least hinting at or establishing a pinprick of foreboding. For example, in the opening scenes of The Exorcist , the family hears a scratching noise from the walls and thinks they might have a rat infestation.
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Learn how to write a horror story that will thrill, terrify and delight readers. Discover common features of effective horror, plus six simple tips:. What is horror fiction? The best horror stories: 5 common features How to write a horror story: 1.
Editor's Note : The following excerpt is composed of selections from the second chapter of Writing Monsters , by Philip Athans. Defining and developing your anti-hero. I asked myself this question while working on a fantasy novel in which I envisioned a world overrun by demons.
Learn how to scare your readers with our top tips on writing horror fiction from author Rachel Burge. The first thing most people think about when writing a scary story is the monster. But in order for readers to be truly afraid, they need to care about your characters. When we read any story, we project ourselves into the characters. You need to know what drives them their wants, needs, flaws and fears , before you put them in danger.