Horror Writing

Writing Horror

Spooky, scary, skeletons

Today I am writing to you about genre.

Writing different genre’s can be tricky, each genre will have its own sense of style, its own tropes and its own tone. I’d like to talk a little about writing horror today as it’s the genre I tend to write, along with Fantasy and a smidgen of Sci-Fi.

To write a great horror story you will need several key elements: –

  • Tension
  • ‘evil’ or ‘bad’ characters or events/phenomenon (depending of if your writing supernatural horror or not)
  • A sense of fear (goes without saying really)
  • Subversion – not always essential but a lot of the great horror stories have an element of subversion in them.


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