When Writing a Horror Story...

A lot of my stories are based on dreams I've had. I have a unique flavor that doesn't fit a "hack-and-slash" mentality. People tend to write terrible horror stories when they think gore is terrifying. Maybe in 1930 that was true, but today people are desensitized, so you have to be creative. Which is hard.

In one of my stories I wrote about a girl walking out of her door and rushing to go to work. She saw what looked like roadkill in front of her driveway, and as she went to remove it with a snow-shovel she saw it was a neighborhood cat. And it has a DVD disk stuffed into its mouth.

Anyone who is naturally curious would check it out, so she did. On it someone had taped her walking down the hallway, obviously two feet behind her and she was totally oblivious.

Maybe not "terrifying" ...yet. I think the best angle is a realistic one. Some sick ******* is showing her he can break into her house without any trouble, stalk her, and you can conclude he's disturbed. Mystery man has her at his disposal. If he shows up within the next four minutes that'd be stupid. It's much more interesting to let her know he's dwelling on something terrible, most likely some sick kind of torture.

And another thing, if your readers can't relate or think your main character is bland, they won't give a **** that your character is in trouble. Also, change up your villians, don't make them predictable. (Hey, what if the serial killer was a woman?)

Konrad Konrad
22-25, M
3 Responses Mar 26, 2009

I like your thoughts here, yeah agreed with Mondegreen. I absolutely LOVE to write horror fiction too. It's the best kind out there! :)

My feelings are much the same as Krypton. However, it would be helpful to know the motive/s of the 'stalker'. Has the girl something to hide in her past? Is the roadkill an important part of the plot and has some special meaning to the girl?<br />
I too, would like to read the whole story. It has some good possibilities.

I like your thoughts here. The feelings of connection to a character are important. The feelings of disconnect can play a role too. I loved " The Picture of Dorian Gray" but felt disconnected from him through most of the book. Then I realized at the end that my feeling of disconnect related to his own disconnect from himself. Wilde wanted you to feel his lack of humanity and it worked. At least that is my theory. You should give me a link to read some of your stuff.