Horror Writing Kit

Horror Writing Kit

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Learn from the experts on how to write a horror story that excites readers for decades (or centuries)! Even the scariest and most attention-grabbing horror story ideas will fall flat without a foundation of knowledge about the genre and expectations of the audience. In this collection, you'll find practical tips for writing horror stories that are plausible and cliché-free.

From crafting an edge-of-your-seat plot to creating supernatural characters, this collection pulls together writing tips from best-selling authors to help you get your story idea on the shelves. With these tools, you'll be ready to research, write and publish a bloodcurdling, spine-tingling, horror story that readers are too afraid to put down.


Five Things Every Horror Author Needs to Know Video Tutorial

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Veteran editor and best-selling author Philip Athans provides tips, tricks, and warnings for horror authors. From how to avoid the traps of clichés like the “Needy Ghost" or the “Scooby-do Ending" to the not-so-subtle difference between horror and terror,this is the sort of stuff they don't teach you in English class: how to scare the pants off someone!

Writer's Digest Digital Archive Collection: Heroes of Horror & Suspense

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For nearly 100 years, Writer's Digest magazine has been the leading authority for writers of all genres and career levels. In this archive collection, discover five full issues from our vault, each of which includes exclusive historic interviews and columns from Stephen King, Anne Rice, Mary Higgins Clark and more.

Writing Scary: How to Use Pacing, Sentence Structure, and Word Choice to Scare the Pants Off Your Readers Video Download

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In this tutorial, the New York Times best-selling author and veteran editor Philip Athans provides you with the know-how to give everyone who enters your fictional world a satisfyingly good scare. He gets into some hands-on techniques for using wordplay to build suspense, evoke fear, and thrill your readers.

Why Here? Creating a Sense of Space Video Download

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How much description is too much, and how much is not enough? Philip Athans dives into description and setting in ways you may not have considered before. During this 46-minute video tutorial, you'll learn to think of your settings as characters in themselves, how to show us a fascinating locale, not tell us it's fascinating, and much more!

What is Your Genre and Why Does it Matter?

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The word "genre" can mean a lot of things in the publishing world, from a set of story tropes or archetypes,a set of reader expectations,to a vital marketing tool that will determine your all-important place on a bookstore shelf. In this 83-minute tutorial video, Phil Athans looks at the major genres not just in terms of story content, but the commerce behind those divisions