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Horror Stories

The key to writing horror

One of my favorite scenes in "Batman Begins" is the realization that the psychiatrist is using mind games and drugs to induce fear into his patience by playing on Jungian archetypes, particularly shadow. Studying what these archetypes are can help you to get into the mind filled with fear and nightmares. Japanese horror recently embraces these archetypes. I think the best horror embraces these archetypes.

"The Ring" succeeded in many ways because it used the archetype of shadow successfully where, like in a nightmare, our logic center is turned off and we have no choice but to confront what's in front of us no matter how we try to ignore it: a video where the dark shadow custom essays comes out of the television and kills you. This is what nightmares are made of. "Dark Water" was another Japanese horror movie that had a similar concept but I think lost us in the story's execution. Of course, it didn't work for everyone. Much of horror requires a setting in mood at the very Assignment Writing beginning to prepare the audience. Try being scared by watching a horror movie resume writers Thesis from the middle. Also, you still have to be able to tell a story that's well-told.

Go to your nightmares. If studying Jungian psychology seems too much for you to study, then go to your dreams. What are your nightmares made of and why do they scare you? Study them and get to the root of that fear. The next nightmare that you have and can wake up and remember it, write it down in custom writing. After a few days, it will look silly and hardly scary but try to remember why there was real fear in your dream because the reality is that you were scared. Search what caused that fear and discover the root of it. That germ Dissertation can help you to create fear in your readers as well.

Watch and read all your favorite horror stories and find the common thread that creates fear and pulls you into it.

Suspense is extremely important in horror stories but all stories must have suspense. In horror, you will probably use it much more explicitly and more than likely use cheap surprise as the popular teen stories do (e.g., you hear someone creeping in the forest and then there's a hand on your shoulder, you turn and see it's your friend who brought academic writing you another beer or you turn and it's an ax murderer wearing a hockey mask). The "Final Destination" movies, "Scream", and the "I know what you did..." movies did this very successfully.Coursework Writing I don't think any of these truly entered into the sublime, but most people were very entertained.

The horror genre is said to be divided into three subgenres:

Uncanny This is where there is a rational explanation of the source of horror where it might be from monsters, aliens, or serial-killers

Supernatural The source of horror is some irrational phenomenon including ghosts or the paranormal.

Super-uncanny This is a mix between the two where the audience is kept guessing between the possibilities. Movies that include the super-uncanny are "The Shining" and "The Sixth Sense".

There is a lot more to writing horror but hopefully this will give you a start. Your story must be true about human choices and consequences and how people change if it's going to escape pure entertainment and enter the realm of the sublime. But, that principle goes for any genre.

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Edited November 11, 2010 (diff)