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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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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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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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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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5 Horror Films Every Horror Writer Should Watch

5 Horror Films Every Horror Writer Should Watch

  As a reader and scary movie fanatic, I love a well-told story. A few weekends ago, I sat down one evening and had a marathon of, IMO, some of the most well-written horror/suspense films in my film library. As I was taking notes on what made these movies so damn good, certain storytelling elements stood out more than others; elements that I could use in my own writing. That translated into tighter edits on my own original work, and better…

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