August 25, 2013, 8:00pm EST in the Savvy Chatrooms
Years ago when Stephen King first hit the best seller lists, I said to myself, "I don't want to read his books. Isn't life already scary enough?" I soon changed my tune. Horror isn't about life. Although much of horror has to deal with the bad things that happen to people, there is a cathartic element to horror novels and stories which is both entertaining, and even useful. Horror fiction allows us, as readers, to purge some of the anxiety that builds up from the stresses of day-to-day living. The first part of this chat is an overview of horror and why we love to read it and write it. The second part of the chat will examine some of the tropes of horror and how we can better develop the horrific element in our writing. Even if you don't write horror fiction, you may pick up a few pointers to heighten tension in your work and keep your readers hooked throughout your story.