Monday, 28 July 2014

If you can write a scary ghost story, you can write anything.

Fear is one of the hardest things to provoke in writing. Just flip through the pages of any ghost story anthology; how many of them are genuinely scary? It takes more than tortured groans and rattling chains; anyone can throw gore at the reader and call it a day, but the art of raising goose bumps is an elusive one indeed.

If you can write a scary ghost story, you can write anything.

Are you ready to inspire nightmares? Then follow me…Do we want to scare young adults with our nightmare books?
Hopefully scared in the good sense and not because the book is so dreadful. We want them to stay scared until the end. Then ask for more. If you want to scare people you have to first experience it. Many times. Keep your fear close, especially when walking past that abandoned house on the edge of town. Or maybe it is the house next door! The one with the overgrown hedges, Dickens door knocker, and creaky gate. It always looks fine in the daylight apart from the dry cracked paintwork, and you know in reality it has just been overlooked for too long, but... but you just never know what lurks beyond...
See, I have drawn you into a young adult horror story already, and it was only due to a teeny bit of imagination. Imagination that created an atmosphere from our fears of the unknown.

Still, would you go up that path alone on a moonless night.
I will stop now.

When trying out young adult horror, blend it with a rich mix of one or two genres, like adventure and goth, horror and romance. Twist it a little, and add your own Hammer Horror theme, and finish it off with a dab of Tales of the Unexpected (Roald Dahl) sealed with some hot wax. Is the main character scary, or the hero? Maybe she starts as the hero, but turns out to be evily mad!
Remember there can never be too many mad characters in your horror book. Also do not just have one person in danger, create dread by causing more twists, and more people involved in danger or madness. How do they get out of it? By finishing the book or by waking up! Make them feel different emotions, and not just one bland tone, we can predict from the beginning. Make the readers want to laugh, cry and feel something different. Make them feel as if they are a kid again, at home, in bed, at night. Remember what that was like.

Why not read this and find out how to write ghost-stories how-to-write them and terrify the reader
I hope I have given you a taste for a young adult horror.

If not then read some of these  Ghost stories  spooky ghost stories to read, ghost poems, and wallpaper.
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 Steve has many more interesting young adult horror and mystery novels and stories ready to bring out!
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