Creative Writing Scary Stories

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Actively learning from great authors will improve your mastery of the horror genre.

When you write a horror novel, it shouldn’t read as though a malevolent force is sitting at a bus stop, waiting to infiltrate your unsuspecting characters’ world ‘just because’.

But in between the blaze and the flood it lit the middle of his room, and standing there – shaking the rain off his hat – was a stranger. He was no more than six inches taller than Harvey, his frame scrawny, his skin distinctly yellowish in colour. Barker also creates an ominous tone through indirect means.

He was wearing a fancy suit, a pair of spectacles and a lavish smile.’The scene is suffused with a sense of the unsettling. ‘He looked harmless enough’ draws our attention to the possibility the man could in fact be harm.

by Christopher Edge, to help you create your own terrifying tales… Your story could have the usual scary suspects – ghosts and zombies, werewolves and monsters – or you could add a supernatural twist to an ordinary object, such as a cursed smartphone with an app that can bring the dead back to life!

When writing a scary story you can turn your own fears into fiction and give your readers a fright!

Or maybe a spider scuttling across the floor giving you the evil eye?

A vampire rising from its grave as the clock strikes twelve?

Which words from this web could you use to describe the characters, settings and events of your scary story? Download our free activity sheets to help with creating your own villainous characters…

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