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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.

  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to Horror Techniques Used in 'American Werewolf in London'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to Horror Techniques Used in 'American Werewolf in London'

    (Note: this article will contain extensive analysis and attention to the film An American Werewolf in London. In order to get the best insight, it is recommended that you watch the whole film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'

    (This article will use The Exorcism of Emily Rose extensively in analysis of technique and frame. In order to get the best insight, it is recommended that you watch the whole film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Exorcist'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Exorcist'

    (This article will contain extensive analysis on the frames and scenes in The Exorcist, so if you want to get the best insight from this article it is recommended that you watch the film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Shining'

    A Filmmaker's Guide to the Horror Techniques Used in 'The Shining'

    (This article will contain frames from The Shining and so, in order to gain the best insight, it is recommended that you watch the film at least once).
  • S. K. Gregory
    Published about a year ago
    Creating the Perfect Horror Story

    Creating the Perfect Horror Story

    It's October! Which means the story market will soon be flooded with horror stories, but what makes the perfect horror story? What elements are needed to elicit the right response from the reader? If you are thinking of writing a horror story this month, then here are a few tips to help you get started.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to Horror Techniques Used in 'The Conjuring' Universe

    A Filmmaker's Guide to Horror Techniques Used in 'The Conjuring' Universe

    (This article will focus on the following films within the Conjuring Universe respectively: The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, and The Nun. If you would like to get the best insight from this article, it is recommended that you watch each film at least once).
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about a year ago
    The Filmmaker's Guide to Creating Darkness in Horror

    The Filmmaker's Guide to Creating Darkness in Horror

    (The watchlist for this article in order to gain the best experience for learning is listed as follows: American Werewolf in London, The Woman in Black, The Conjuring 2, The Nun).
  • G S Meredith
    Published 2 years ago
    8 Steps to Terrifying Horror Fiction Writing
  • L Stone
    Published 2 years ago
    How To Tell If Your Neighbor Is a Vampire

    How To Tell If Your Neighbor Is a Vampire

    Neighbors can be tricky things, particularly in cities where you’re in close proximity, but anywhere really. Every once in a while, we get a very strange or creepy neighbor that makes us wonder and question what may really be going on. We begin to theorize, laying awake, what was that weird stare? What was that weird sound? Geez, what’s up with that guy? As Jim Morrison once asserted, people are strange, but I know from personal experience: the undead are even stranger. Could that guy be a vampire? Well, set your paranoid mind to ease or pick up and move; here is a short list of signs that your neighbor could, indeed, be a member of the undead variety, specifically, a vampire.
  • Johnson Bernard
    Published 2 years ago
    Techniques Horror Movies Use to Scare You

    Techniques Horror Movies Use to Scare You

    Even so, a really well-versed horror filmmaker won't necessarily resort to the same old tried and true horror scenes that have made us terrified in the past, but will instead use either a blending of these old kinds, or utilize new, more engaging aspects for truly horrifying graphic scenery unlike anything ever seen before. That's the whole point of the horror genre in the first place, to push the bounds of terror as realistically as can be done. But a good horror doesn't simply scare the viewer, they go far deeper in drawing out both physical and psychological connections so as to send the viewer into a warp hole of considerable unrest. Just watch A Serbian Movie.
  • Cody Deitz
    Published 2 years ago
    How to Survive a Horror Film

    How to Survive a Horror Film

    Horror movies are a go-to choice anytime, but are especially prevalent for Halloween. The fright and adrenaline rush that follows a horror flick proves how amazing the genre is to provide a physiological response (such as jumping, screaming, maybe having popcorn explode into the sky by a scary scene).
  • J B
    Published 2 years ago
    Diary of a Haunter

    Diary of a Haunter

    We all love haunted houses, mazes, and hayrides, right? As guests, we only see what the actors want us to see. For a few minutes, we are in a fantasyland full of imagination, and it can be pretty scary.