Guest Post on Writing Horror by Kathleen Groger
To write a compelling horror story, you need a certain type of setting. It needs to set the tone, drive reader expectations, and be its own character. When I write, I see my story playing out as if it were a movie.
I’ve found there are certain elements that make a good horror story. Take some quirky characters and put them in a location that is somewhat isolated. It needs to be difficult or impossible for the characters to get away. And once they are stuck somewhere, the writer needs to remove all things that the characters can use to call for help.
The ambiance of the story should take place in the dark. As humans, we all have an innate fear of the dark.
And the most important part of a good horror story; someone has to die. Just don’t kill the dog. Readers can forgive almost any character being killed, but they will never forgive the author for killing the dog.
Make sure you have fear, suspense, and mystery wrapped into the story. Do this by showing the scenes using all of the character’s five senses.
Very important: Always keep the reader guessing. When they think they have it figured out, throw in an unexpected twist. But make sure the situation is believable so the reader feels themselves in the story.
And don’t forget to add hope. The characters need to believe they can survive. (Even if they don’t all make it out alive.)
Thank you for having me!
Silencing The Seam
(Seam Stalkers, #2)
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Sam Drake thought she’d left the horrors of spring break and Defiance Castle behind her. But back home, the spirits swirling around her are more demanding, more aggressive.
Fear of being institutionalized by her skeptical mother drives Sam to follow her dad to New Orleans. There she hopes to take back control of her life. But the French Quarter and the cities of the dead have other plans. Hour by hour they drain her, making it next to impossible to fight off a ghost who is determined to use her for its own revenge.
Ensnared in an ancient power struggle where Voodoo rituals, betrayal, and murder rule, Sam must determine who to trust. One step in the wrong direction will lock her inside the Seam to walk among the dead for eternity.
Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories. She writes paranormal, fantasy, suspense, horror YA books. She is a contributing member of READerlicious, writers who love readers. Check out her blogs here.
She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.
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