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Writing Horror

Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association ; edited by Mort Castle;
Writers Digest Books; Cincinnati, OH; December, 1997; 224 pp.; hardcover; $17.99 US, $25.99 Can
ISBN 0-898-79798-5

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As a writer of the macabre, you know the only thing scarier than a good horror novel is the nightmare of seeing your hard work go unpublished. This definitive anthology enables you to learn from some of the genre's biggest names as they share their wisdom on developing horror that will shock and excite readers and editors alike.

From the Horror Writers Association, the most respected organization in the genre, Writing Horror is a comprehensive collection of 39 articles on the art and craft of writing to frighten. . . and on publishing to profit. You know the authors. You'll welcome their insights.

  • Joyce Carol Oates examines the appeal of writing and reading horror
  • Harlan Ellison shares a narrative essay on horror writing
  • Wayne Allen Sallee invites you to find your story ideas in the mirror
  • Nancy Holder helps you plot lean, mean short stories
  • Jancy Kilpatrick parts the curtains on penning erotic horror
  • Jill M. Morgan gives you the lowdown on writing horror for kids
  • Stephen King speaks in an interview about his serial novel The Green Mile

Plus, David Morrell on writing realistic dialogue; David Quinn and D.G. Chichester on horror comics; Robert Weinberg's must-read list for horror writers; Joe R. Lansdale on setting; Jay R. Bonansinga on action and pace; J.N. Williamson on creativity and the horror writer; and Jeanne Cavelos on originality.

Here you have it all: guidance on ideas, research and work-related reading; advice for creating the elements of story; and analysis of the roles of passion, sex and madness in powerful horror fiction.

Practical. Instructional. Inspirational. Don't let fear of the unknown keep your writing in the dark. Use Writing Horror to tear open the secrets of this exciting realm.


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