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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.

  • Alexander M Boast
    Published 5 days ago
    Reading & Writing Gothic Literature

    Reading & Writing Gothic Literature

    What a Reflective Essay is and how to write one
  • G S Meredith
    Published 24 days 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 about a month 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 11 months 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 11 months ago
    Bloody Mary
  • Ink Mouse
    Published 11 months ago
    Channel Infinity

    Channel Infinity

    If you have played the ritual the three kings, then this one is a bit similar to it. If you ever had a burning question for the unknown or even had the urge to seek the truth then you may attempt this ritual. Keep in mind, although the pay off is amazing, the road to it is no simple task and everything is ruled by chance.
  • Monty Shaw
    Published about a year ago
    My Zombie Plan - Plan 1

    My Zombie Plan - Plan 1

    Now I know zombies don't exist, only in nature (The Last of Us could happen, who knows?), but ever since I knew what zombies were, I knew I had to prepare for them.
  • Ember Joy
    Published about a year ago
    How to Survive the Apocalypse

    How to Survive the Apocalypse

    For years, I have been reading and writing zombie apocalypse stories and read up on other types of apocalypses. Then it hit me... HOW DO YOU SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE?!
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to Source Material: Writing EA Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"

    A Filmmaker's Guide to Source Material: Writing EA Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"

    (Note: reading "The Cask of Amontillado" by EA Poe is recommended before reading the article in order to understand the lesson fully.)
  • Andrea Dawson
    Published about a year ago
    How to Sleep After a Horror Movie Fright-Fest

    How to Sleep After a Horror Movie Fright-Fest

    If you're anything like me, there's a good chance that you are either a horror movie fan or frequently find yourself surrounded by people who are (I am the latter, by the way). These days, horror directors and producers are going to ever-more extreme lengths to satisfy the urges of genre fans, leading to more and more fright-fests on our collective screens every year. I, for one, am not ashamed to admit that some recent horror fare has left me deeply unsettled (think ants on Charlie's decapitated head in Hereditary), and driven me to near insomnia. Since I'm sure I am not alone in feeling that way, I figured I'd share my own battle-tested strategies for getting to sleep peacefully after watching a scary movie. Here's how to do it.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Vertigo' (1958)

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'Vertigo' (1958)

    (Note: This article will cover analysis on the film 'Vertigo' and, in order to get the most out of the article, it is recommended that you watch the film at least once over.)
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to 5 Horror Novels that Have Been Adapted into Films

    A Filmmaker's Guide to 5 Horror Novels that Have Been Adapted into Films

    There have been many novels that have been adapted to films and well, we can't cover all of them. The whole point of this article is to have a look at which books we'll need to read in order to study horror filmmaking and adaptation of horror from literature on to screen. As one of the most difficult genres to "get right," horror is massively underrated in the world of literature but massively over-expectant on screen. What you would want to do is find the "fine line" between having a faithful adaptation and making a highly effective horror. There would be things that get changed and altered to make them more suitable for audiences and more effective on screen.