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How-tos for all things horror; tips and tricks to help you write like Stephen King, tell a scary story, keep the monsters at bay and more.

  • Adriane Kirby
    Published 23 days ago
    What not to do when trapped in a Horror Movie

    What not to do when trapped in a Horror Movie

    You knew the day was coming and now it is here. You are trapped in a danged ole horror movie. You tried to tell people this would be your fate , but they laughed and laughed and called you crazy. " Who is laughing now you thought to yourself, I told all those suckers, I would find up here, and now I am stuck in a real life horror movie." You remembered all the times you made fun of people in the horror movies you watched . Like people trying to fit in holes 4 times to small for them in order to escape. Or when the bimbo damsel in distress becomes completely naked after pricking her finger. And that is just a few examples of things you are not going to do while you are trapped in this horror movie. You decide to make a list of things you are not doing while trapped in this horror movie. I mean hell you have time the Monster or bad person is not here yet, why not make a list. So here it goes.
  • Will Lasley
    Published 29 days ago
    EDITORIAL: Can a Horror Movie Go Too Far?

    EDITORIAL: Can a Horror Movie Go Too Far?

    Shock value is a valuable, and versatile, tool in horror movies, and some types of horror are more reliant on shock value than others. Some movies, like Dead Alive and my personal favorite horror film, Evil Dead II, use absurdly excessive gore for black humor. Other horror films, like Pieces and The New York Ripper, show brutal violence in graphic detail for (consciously) cheap thrills. And some films, like Midsommar and I Spit On Your Grave, starkly depict abuse as a way of generating awareness for such atrocities. But whether it’s being used for comedy, exploitation, or social commentary, is it possible for a horror movie to go too far with its shocking content? Sure, plenty of films over the years have been accused of doing so, but pretentious critics have been dismissing horror movies as filth for decades, even going back to Psycho, a movie that, while fantastic, is incredibly tame by today's standards. But has it ever actually been true?
  • Moonlit Sky.
    Published 2 months ago
    How To Properly Enjoy a Horror Movie.

    How To Properly Enjoy a Horror Movie.

    You want to watch a horror movie.
  • Kris Leliel - Authentikei
    Published 2 months ago
    5 Magazines Accepting Horror Short  Reprints

    5 Magazines Accepting Horror Short Reprints

    Starting out as a dark fantasy writer myself with one self-published horror short under my belt, I just want to get some exposure. Wherever we submit our horror shorts, rejection is inevitable and writing the ideal piece for a magazine that has specific requirements and dislikes reprints takes time. All the more reason to keep our heads high as we put our completed work out there, somewhere, and keep writing. The golden rule for having your reprint published is "always check for nonexclusivity”, which means the platform will just publish it, not own it. Some platforms, however, will ask for exclusivity, especially online, for a period of time. It's understandable as to why some platforms in the horror market don’t accept reprints, but here are five magazines that respect the golden rule and want to help you out.
  • A. N. Merchant
    Published 2 months ago
    50 Spooky Things You Can Do Without Leaving The House

    50 Spooky Things You Can Do Without Leaving The House

    The world is an ominous place to be right now with everyone existing only within the borders of their own home, aside from the traumatising trip to grab essential groceries and the emotional roller-coaster that ensues when they are out of stock. If the global situation unfolding is not unsettling enough for you and you are getting Halloween fever then we have got you covered.
  • Sean Patrick
    Published 2 months ago
    Establishing the Corkscrew: Visual Film-making in 'The Wretched'

    Establishing the Corkscrew: Visual Film-making in 'The Wretched'

    In the new horror movie, The Wretched, there is a scene in which directors, Brett and Drew Pierce, have a scene featuring a corkscrew. This corkscrew will have no significance in the long run. Our antagonist, that we will simply refer to as ‘Wretched,’ has taken the form of one of our protagonists. Wretched is using this female form to deceive another character and enact an enchantment upon them.
  • Micah James
    Published 3 months ago
    Horror Movie Survival Guide

    Horror Movie Survival Guide

    So, you’ve found yourself in a horror movie setting. What tipped you off? The spooky background music? The typical, cliche horror movie characters around you? The fact that there’s a monster stalking you and your friends?
  • Alexander M Boast
    Published 3 months ago
    Reading & Writing Gothic Literature

    Reading & Writing Gothic Literature

    What a Reflective Essay is and how to write one
  • G S Meredith
    Published 4 months ago
    20 Tips For Writing the Perfect Short Horror Story

    20 Tips For Writing the Perfect Short Horror Story

    The key to writing the perfect short horror story is not to panic!
  • Hart Blackwell
    Published 4 months ago
    The Real Horror is Bad Writing

    The Real Horror is Bad Writing

    My fascination with horror, twists, and thrillers began with the story “A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner. For those of you who haven’t read it, the story is about a woman still mourning the death of her husband after ten years. The story maintains a consistently spooky theme, until the twist is revealed: the woman kept her husbands decomposing corpse in her bed until the day she died and was found lying next to his skeleton. I remember slamming the book of short stories shut with a loud gasp and rushing from my room, goose bumps forming on my skin with a delightful shiver. Faulkner wove a fascinating tale, using several simple elements to formulate a gripping thriller.
  • Ink Mouse
    Published about a year ago
    Hide and Seek Alone

    Hide and Seek Alone

    Do you have the urge to put your life in danger? Do you have a morbid curiosity of death and demons? What if I told you that there is a game that can satisfy your craving for the danger and the unknown. There is a game called hide and seek, just like the one from your childhood, but you're doing this alone. Keep in mind you're not completely alone here, you are playing this game with someone and they are not good company to keep. In this game of hiding and seek, you will be playing for your life with a demon that you summon. Try not to lose though, the mess is a pain to clean up.
  • Ink Mouse
    Published about a year ago
    Bloody Mary