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[*] posted on 6-19-2007 at 07:59 PM
Horror / Thriller


For those writing in the horror / thriller genre, talk about your writing here and share ideas with others. :-)



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[*] posted on 6-19-2007 at 09:39 PM


Sweet. Cliche' as it sounds, I'm writing about a serial killer. Every other chapter is in his POV, with lot's of supporting characters rounding out the narrative. I'm hoping it will be picked up by my current publishers.

What's everyone else working on?




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[*] posted on 6-20-2007 at 05:52 AM


I'm thinking about doing a futeristic nasty sort of horror. Standard quest with a twist - this is a main character who has pretty much twisted himself (magic & tech) to 'save the world' and then explores the price he has to pay by living with what he's done to himself. Not human any more, not by a long shot.

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[*] posted on 6-20-2007 at 07:58 AM


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Sweet. Cliche' as it sounds, I'm writing about a serial killer. Every other chapter is in his POV, with lot's of supporting characters rounding out the narrative. I'm hoping it will be picked up by my current publishers.

What's everyone else working on?


That almost sounds like the novel I started last year. Some guy was hired to kill a few people (don't even remember why, actually) and the POV switched back and forth. I have a LOT of WIPs that I need to work on... this one seemed like a good idea at the time. I was inspired by one of Robert Cormier's novels who wrote similar to how I'm writing.




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[*] posted on 6-20-2007 at 02:24 PM


That almost sounds like the novel I started last year.

Don't you want to know how I stole your idea before ever meeting you?

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[*] posted on 6-20-2007 at 06:52 PM


My big thing last year was actually finishing first drafts for the first time (thanks to 3-day, which got me kick-started). I suppose all my 'collections of ideas and notes' are just waiting to be transformed into heady first drafts.

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[*] posted on 6-21-2007 at 02:07 PM
Truly Great Horror


I'm curious to know what people think makes great horror. Is it suspense? Is it a maiden in peril? Blood and gore?

Myself, I need a protagonist I can root for, even if it's also the antagonist if that makes sense. I think of the movie Psycho, where a man is covering up a murder, but we don't want to see him caught.

I also love suspense, but find it difficult to write. My plan for this project is to learn ways to amplify and raise suspense.

How about you guys?

Hey... Just moved this one in here... keeping things condensed! If there's already a topic please dont create another one. Thanks!

[Edited on 21/6/2007 by silentgoldeneyes]




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smiley05.gif posted on 6-21-2007 at 05:31 PM
Horror/Thriller


Changing the subject for a moment, and exploring a thought ( not a rant) I was just wondering how Horror/Thriller got conjoined?

Do they go better than Horror/Fantasy? ( There could well be horror in fantasy and fantasy in horror couldn't there?)

Or Horror/Romance? ( Maybe my two MC vampires have that cosy sort of relationship where they share a straw and both drink out the same unit of well chilled O Positive? ) :-* 8-)

Ah well. Maybe once the place fills up they'll separate -but wait a minute... -cue SPOOKY MUSIC - maybe Horror has sneaked up on Thriller when it wasn't looking and is slowly drinking its blood... :-/

Let's hope it goes for Adventure next because then the orchestra can break into the Indi Music and he can crack his whip and shine his blazing torch into the gloomy depths and scare Horror back from whence it came... :P

Wonder which other genres might form sneaky alliances? :)

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[*] posted on 6-21-2007 at 05:34 PM


Wonder which other genres might form sneaky alliances?

I talked to someone at the WriMo once who wrote Christian Romance.

I had a few follow up questions...




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[*] posted on 6-21-2007 at 06:50 PM


All the genres kinda join I guess... I mean, you can have romance within fantasy, or fantasy and adventure.

I suggest someone combines them all :P and see what we turn up with :-/
A young adult fantasy novel where two evil MCs fall in love, and their adventurous romance leaves us hanging off the edge of our seats...

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[*] posted on 6-21-2007 at 11:56 PM


Personally, I like to love and hate the antagonist. A good example of that is "The Dragon" from the book, "The Red Dragon," by Thomas Harris. It's an awesomely written novel! <3

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[*] posted on 6-22-2007 at 08:52 AM


apparently im writing a horror parody. its called:

Queer Zombie Freaks from Hell


ive got one of them see-nop-says and everything. i guess this means i can post here AND in the comedy section. Squeee!

[Edited on 6-22-2007 by strangedaze]




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[*] posted on 6-22-2007 at 04:04 PM


'A young adult fantasy novel where two evil MCs fall in love, and their adventurous romance leaves us hanging off the edge of our seats...' :)

This sounds like a winner. We could maybe put them in an inter-galactic cruiser with a resident alien and some people-y androids wandering around the service ducts chatting while they knit magnetic socks providing much needed iron for the alien's diet :P

( You can always tell when an idea's been run to ground )
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smiley01.gif posted on 6-30-2007 at 01:33 PM


Hi, I am writing a thriller this time around. It is about a group of women living in a creepy boarding house. A few years ago I lived in a boarding house and had a lot of interesting experiences. I plan to exaggerate it all and leave out the boring parts. The good thing about a boarding house setting is that if I get stuck I can always have one woman move out and another one move in to shake things up. Good luck to everyone.
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[*] posted on 6-30-2007 at 02:58 PM


Will your story include the standard boarding-house 'horror breakfast' evelyn? Maybe runny poached eyes and crispy fried fingers? O.o

Wednes, you asked about what makes good horror. For me it's not blood and gore, it's spooky things that could happen to me.

The most scary book I recall reading was William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist -partly because it started out with small things we've all experienced -creaking boards in an empty house, noises from the attic -and gradually cranked up the scariness until it consumed what had been an everyday family household.

Suspense is powerful too. When the author has shown you the Big Bad Wolf out on the prowl, and now you can see Little Red Riding Hood picking flowers in the forest. The clock is ticking.
You know something bad is coming but not when or how.
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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 08:30 PM


another 3 thousand words or so and the fun'll start!



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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 09:27 PM


Has anyone read a book called By Reason of Insanity by Shane Stevens? I think it is out of print now. This is the most horrifying book I have ever read. Another good one is called Wolfen.
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