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== 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 [http://custom-paper-writing.com/
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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
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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
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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
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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
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mask). The "Final Destination" movies, "Scream", and the
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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.
  
**See also**
  * [http://www.storyentertainment.com/article.asp?id=2542 How to write 
suspense]

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