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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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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 Mind's Eye

Review: The Mind's Eye

The Mind’s Eye Director: Joe Begos Starring: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos Runtime: 87 minutes Rating: Not Rated     Do you remember when body horror was dark, sexy, and too gory for children? Joe Begos remembers. In a DePalma-laced throwback to 70’s/80’s horror, Begos creates an alternate universe in the early 90’s in which gifted outliers with psychokinetic powers roam the country, avoiding attention and trying their best to live a normal life. Zack Connors (played by…

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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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The Haunted House: A Short Story

The Haunted House: A Short Story

Frederick stood 50 feet from the entrance of the haunted house while his teammates pleaded with him to go inside.  He rattled off a bunch of statistics of mechanical failings in these kinds of pop-up carnivals while they rolled their eyes. “Just 3 years ago in Iowa, the roof came loose and injured 5 people.  A 12 year old girl lost her arm.” They laughed.  “Freddy, if you’re scared, just say so.  You don’t have to make up injury statistics.”…

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7 True Crime Novels to Inspire Your Next Horror Story

7 True Crime Novels to Inspire Your Next Horror Story

“Based on true events.” Four little words that have the power to heighten tension before the story even begins. Heinous crimes have long served as inspiration for genre writers, giving us works such as Room (based upon the Fritzl case), We Need To Talk About Kevin (inspired by the Columbine massacre), and The Night of the Hunter (drawn from the Lonely Hearts murders). In order to explore the beast within man, we need look no further than notorious cases of…

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DECEMBER FLASH FICTION CONTEST!

DECEMBER FLASH FICTION CONTEST!

HORROR WRITERS FLASH FICTION CONTEST Cost: Free Prize: 1 Copy of Scrivener Writing Software, story featured on website,  and feature interview with author Word Limit: 750 words   Horror Writers is pleased to announce our new Flash Fiction Contest for December 2016. We’re open for submissions in the horror genre, 750 words or less, that push the boundaries and take risks in characterization, plot, and style. The winner of the contest will receive one copy of the Scrivener Writing Software….

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Here's What Really Happened to Claire

Here's What Really Happened to Claire

I’ve been sitting on this story for a while now. Jill called me in late July to unloaded it and I’d decided to bury it out of fear and spite, but in the process of clearing out my own demons, I came to realize that secrets are really dangerous. We had to do some soul cleansing in preparation for the exorcism of our home. Demons thrive on shame and worry – the nasty byproducts of secrets, among other things –…

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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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Down in the Deep Dark Woods

Down in the Deep Dark Woods

Thin wooden fingers scratch at your arms.   The scent of green and dirt overpowers you.   It is dark.   Cold.   Wet.   Behind you something cries out, echoing around the trees until you no longer know which direction the noise comes from.   You are alone.   You hope.   The woods have always been a common setting in the horror genre. From modern found footage films like ‘The Blair Witch Project’ to the old fairy tales…

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Worst Review: Fender Bender

Worst Review: Fender Bender

Fender Bender is a 2016 straight to dvd/blu ray film from Scream Factory that they made on their own and from watching it you can tell that they sure love horror. The film captures the feeling of an 80’s slasher perfectly however you need to buy a copy in order to check out the retro vhs cut of the film which is so amazing that it makes text messaging and smart phones feel as though they are from the 80’s….

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Interview with A. Giacomi

Interview with A. Giacomi

1. How long have you been writing for? I have been writing for as long as I can remember. It started when I ordered a journal from a Scholastic Book Order Form. I think that might have been grade 4. I started writing daily events but grew bored quickly. Fiction is more fun, am I right? Stories began to unfold and I’ve been addicted ever since. 2. How many rejections did you receive before you first became published and how…

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