Thursday, February 9, 2012

Why I Write Horror

I love writing horror, I suppose it started with my love for reading horror. At eleven I read Salem's Lot by Stephen King and yes, I was up all night staring at the window as a branch scraped against it, the wind making it sway from side to side casting shadows across my bedroom wall. It seems as if I was drawn to the tension and fear. I also watched Amityville Horror and The Exorcist at a very young age. Unfortunately, getting the crap scared out of me at such a young age raised the bar for anything else as I got older and now it's almost impossible to find anything that makes me unnerved like it did back then. Oh, some things come along and I think well that should be scary...but...

So, I guess I write horror in search for something that will actually freak me out and see if I can convey that feeling on paper so that others can feel it, too. The build-up, suspense, and the underlying feeling of dread is what I strive for in writing. And then, of course, not to let any of my readers down in the end, but I guarantee that if I'm creating the tension of what's to come, then something evil and twisted will be right around the corner waiting...for you.

6 comments:

  1. lol, I tried to read "IT" when I was 11 and threw the book across the room after the boys arm was ripped off in the sewer >.< eeek! I finished reading that when I got older XD

    I can't wait to read the evil and twisted! O.O lol!!!

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  2. :D I'll try to put up an excerpt of either my novel or one of my short stories next month. Stay tuned for the evil and twisted. lol!

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  3. hehehe, MISERY by Stephen King gave me nightmares as a kid. It was a way harsher book than the movie and the book scene with the axe was what did it for me. I kept hearing the squeak of a blade being pried free from bone for many nights afterwards, lol! I love to watch horror movies in the dark, or read scary books with only one light on over my shoulder. Being scared gets the heart racing so nicely, hehehe! :D

    kellysaid

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  4. Yay! I'm excited to see what you post :) Kelly I don't think I've read Misery lol! As a King fan I'm ashamed to admit that, guess that gives me a reason to buy a new book >:)

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  5. Kelly, I didn't read Misery until I was much older, great book btw, but yeah, I can see how that would give you nightmares. :D You are just the kind of reader I'd want. One that reads in a dark room and loves the thrill of a good scare. :)We are alike in that fashion.

    Dawn, the snippet that I'm thinking of putting up is from a short story I recently finished. Some eerie parts in it. I received some great, positive feedback from my fellow writers so hopefully it won't be disappointing. :)

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