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Book Review: Whisper Lake

Book Review: Whisper Lake

Title: Whisper Lake (The Turning, Book 2) Author: Micky Neilson Publisher: Self-Published on Amazon Genre: Horror Format: eBook (410 pages) Summary (from Amazon): “In this prequel to The Turning, the year is 1991. Jason Emblock, a U.S. soldier in Iraq, is sent back home to the small town of Whisper Lake after a vicious animal attack. But the beast that bit him was no ordinary animal. Now Jason is becoming aware of the changes–enhanced hearing and sense of smell–even as he…

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10 Wikipedia Pages Every Horror Writer Needs To Read

10 Wikipedia Pages Every Horror Writer Needs To Read

We horror writers draw inspiration from everything. Every. Thing. Wes Craven credited A Nightmare on Elm Street to a story he read in the local paper. While the paranormal portion of The Amityville Horror may have been fictionalized, the shootings that occurred were not. Sometimes a real tragedy or mystery can act as a vehicle for the message we want to send, for the themes we want to emphasize. Last time around we talked about using Reddit for inspiration, and…

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Interview: 'The Snare' Writer/Director C.A. Cooper on the Screenwriting Process, Building Dread, and Alternate Endings

Interview: 'The Snare' Writer/Director C.A. Cooper on the Screenwriting Process, Building Dread, and Alternate Endings

January 7th just saw the theatrical and On Demand release of  C.A. Cooper’s psychological horror/thriller The Snare, which we praised as “90 minutes of disorienting dread.” Starring Eaoifa Forward, Dan Paton, Rachel Warren, The Snare follows, “three friends headed to the seafront for a drunken weekend, only to be imprisoned on the top floor of their holiday apartment by a malevolent paranormal force.” To celebrate the film’s introduction to American audiences, we spoke with screenwriter/director C.A. Cooper about storytelling, his writing…

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10 Horror Plots That Need To Die

10 Horror Plots That Need To Die

  Last month, we at Horror Writers successfully hosted our first horror flash fiction contest. We received a slew of entries covering every horror sub genre imaginable. Goreporn, southern Gothic, dark fantasy, even zombies made their way into the submissions inbox. I had the honor of judging the entries and while some submissions never made it past my inbox, I quickly began seeing some of the same plots pop up over and over again. While the twists were novel the first…

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Interview with Contest Winner E. Reyes

Interview with Contest Winner E. Reyes

In December, Horror Writers held its first flash fiction contest, calling for submissions 750 words or less, in the realm of horror. E. Reyes stood out from the 50+ entries with his short tale “Christmas Blues”, a glimpse into the mind of a family man on the threshold of a life-changing decision. I had a chat with him about his story, the writing process, and the horror genre.         Your flash fiction, “Christmas Blues”, earned the Grand…

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Horror Writers 2016 Flash Fiction Contest Winner: "Christmas Blues", by E. Reyes

Horror Writers 2016 Flash Fiction Contest Winner: "Christmas Blues", by E. Reyes

Christmas Blues by E. Reyes   Barry felt he had to do it, but he was scared to death about the deadline that would ensue. The man in the black suit told him to think about it for a minute or two and either walk away or make a deal. The sun had just fallen behind the woods’ skeletal arms that touched the cold, crisp air. The sky was a cool purple and blue. Stars were beginning to shimmer enough…

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7 Ways to Lose a Writing Contest

7 Ways to Lose a Writing Contest

  It’s done. You’ve finished your beautiful, haunting work of art and for once, you’re happy with the result. You’re confident enough to not only share your story, but to put it up against countless others in a competition to see who has the best storytelling skills. You decide to enter a writing contest. Entering a writing contest raises questions: How do I stand out among the sea of entries? What are the judges looking for? Will they even look…

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Announcing the Horror Writers Flash Fiction 2016 Contest Winner!

Announcing the Horror Writers Flash Fiction 2016 Contest Winner!

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our first Flash Fiction Contest and helped make it a success! And a special congratulations to E. Reyes, the winner of the Scrivener Grand Prize in our Flash Fiction contest!. His work, “Christmas Blues” stood out among the 50+ entries, and has been crowned the winner. Be on the lookout for his winning story next month, along with a Featured Author interview. Enjoy your prize, E. Reyes!…

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Review: The Snare

Review: The Snare

The Snare Director: C.A. Cooper Starring: Eaoifa Forward, Dan Paton, Rachel Warren Production Company: Uncork’d Entertainment Runtime: 90 minutes Rating: Not Rated Watch: In theaters and On Demand Jan. 6th, 2017 Summary: Three friends head to the seafront for a drunken weekend, only to be imprisoned on the top floor of their holiday apartment by a malevolent paranormal force.     When Alice followed a rabbit and descended into Wonderland, she had no idea what she was in for, and…

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Micky Neilson to Pen Comic Adaptation of The Howling

Micky Neilson to Pen Comic Adaptation of The Howling

How many werewolf horror fans do we have in the audience today? If you are, you know and have seen Joe Dante’s The Howling. It’s iconic, it’s outstanding, and it’s getting adapted into comic form. Space Goat will release The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen in the summer of 2017, written by bestselling author Micky Neilson.     A longtime veteran of Blizzard Entertainment, Micky Neilson has plenty of experience with the medium, having written Ashbringer, a Warcraft graphic…

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Book Review: At The Cemetery Gates

Book Review: At The Cemetery Gates

I remember going to sleepovers as a kid, and staying up into the wee hours of the morning trading scary stories and urban legends in hushed tones with my friends. We’d swear up and down that we knew someone who knew someone who knew the girl whose boyfriend was murdered by the hook hand killer. We’d retell local legends, and stories we’d read in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.The tales were short and sweet, getting to the good…

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50+ Essential Subreddits for Horror Writers

50+ Essential Subreddits for Horror Writers

Most folks today are at least aware of Reddit. “The front page of the Internet” is both an endless source of information, and a notorious time-waster. You can find whole communities dedicated to even the tiniest of niches, and it turns out that horror writers are no exception. When we previously posted a list of 10 great online resources for horror writers, Reddit was originally at the top of that list. However, I found that it wasn’t enough to drop…

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5 MORE Horror Films Every Horror Writer Should Watch

5 MORE Horror Films Every Horror Writer Should Watch

Last month, I talked about movies that all horror writers must watch to help them become better storytellers.  Learning what makes good horror stories work so well can give an incredible boost to your own writing in the same way that absorbing more books (both good and bad) can help you hone your craft. Here is another roundup of films that deliver the scares and are worth watching with a pen and paper at your side. **Obligatory disclaimer:  I acknowledge that these films may not…

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Book Review: Deadraiser (Part 1: The Horror In Jordan's Bank)

Book Review: Deadraiser (Part 1: The Horror In Jordan's Bank)

Big fish in a small town. Necromancy. Human sacrifice. Conspiracy. If you like these things, you’ll get a kick out of Deadraiser Part 1: The Horror In Jordan’s Bank). From the Goodreads summary: DEADRAISER is the tale of a present-day practitioner who achieves what others have been unable to do for centuries — to raise the dead. The problem is that he must sacrifice innocent victims in order to maintain his power. Enter Fanchon (Frankie) Manning, daughter of the late…

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