Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Nugget #131 -- Discomfort and Dread


The key to writing horror, as least as I see it 
(and you’ll find as many different takes on 
this as you can find authors, I’m sure), is to 
camp out in the concepts of discomfort and 
dread. You’re not going to surprise scare a 
reader. You’re going to slowly overwhelm 
them with several smaller “uneases” that 
become a full-blown “creepy” and finally 
if you’ve done your job right, all-out dread.