5 Important Tips For Amateur Horror Writers

“The oldest and strongest of emotions of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is the fear of unknown.”

— H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature

1. Don’t get too technical when you involve supernatural phenomenon.

2. Don’t be fast.

3. Build up the atmosphere.

4. Unconventional horror is totally okay.

5. Don’t fill your story with more than you can kill.

Children will always be afraid of the dark, and men with minds sensitive to hereditary impulse will always tremble at the thought of the hidden and fathomless worlds of strange life which may pulsate in the gulfs beyond the stars, or press hideously upon our own globe in unholy dimensions which only the dead and the moonstruck can glimpse.

The one test of the really weird is simply this — whether or not there be excited in the reader a profound sense of dread, and of contact with unknown spheres and powers; a subtle attitude of awed listening, as if for the beating of black wings or the scratching of outside shapes and entities on the known universe’s utmost rim.

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