This supplement to the edition of our Best Websites provides a guide to writing subreddits—destinations across Reddit where writers can find useful information, community, and resources. Bird Box author and multidisciplinary creative Josh Malerman shares insights into his writing process, what it's like having a story adapted for the screen, his unique theatrical book readings and more. For more than 25 years, Stine has been writing horror for kids around the world with his Goosebumps series, which has sold over million copies in 32 languages. Here are four lessons from the master himself. Jessica Page Morrell gets down to brass tacks on how to successfully achieve fear and believability when crafting horror fiction and stories with monstrous antagonists.
How to write a horror story: 6 terrific tips
10 Chilling Writing Tips From Horror Authors
Creative writing professor and novelist James W. Hall tries his hand at teasing out the magical, alchemical recipe for creating a bestseller in his new book, Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers. Hit Lit grew from a university course Hall began teaching years ago about about popular fiction, inspired by a collection of year-by-year lists of bestsellers he found in his university's library. Bigger than a big. Though Hall admits, "these twelve novels have radically different settings, different characters, very different plots," he says they all share 12 common features to the point where they are "permutations of one book, written again and again for each new generation of readers.
How to Write a Psychological Horror Novel
The Horror genre grabs your primordial fears — of being alone in the dark, of being chased by a Lovecraftian monster, or chased by a demon or a clown — and brings them to the surface. All those fears that dwell deep within us, the Horror genre exploits them and brings them forward; it scares you, thrills you, makes your heart race and your skin sheen over with cold sweat until you turn on the lights and leave those lights on as you fall asleep at night, because you are unsure if the bogeyman is hiding in your dark closet, or if there is the body of a drowned woman under your bed, ready to grab your bare ankle as you fall into a slumber. Psychological Horror, on the other hand, is a bit different. Psychological Horror asks you the question: What are you afraid of becoming?
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.