Fear and death are universally understood and they’re things everyone has to deal with or think about at some point in their lives. It’s this common understanding that allows you to connect to Horror’s characters no matter how outrageous the premise might be.
The best advice I’ve ever gotten comes from Stephen King. Read a lot and write a lot.
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I’ve kind of been writing in a vacuum, so I’ve avoid most advice, but one time a professor said to take things one step further, one step scarier once at the end to have more impact. That’s been a good nugget of wisdom and I now do it without really thinking about.
Horror/dark fiction lets me explore those darker moments of the soul in a less realistic setting. When characters are facing their fears, they are revealed cleanly for who they are and nowhere is that clearer than in horror stories.
The worst writing advice? It’s a two way tie for first between “write what you know” and “if you aspire to write genre fiction, you’re not a serious writer.” The former is simply garbage. I write largely to explore all the things I don’t know. The latter? I mean, I’m from Jersey. I’ve seen people throw down over words way less harsh than that.
Hide and seek is a game that lends itself to horror, but almost always, its something terrible doing the seeking. What if the hiding was the terrible thing? That’s what I wanted to explore.
Within horror and dark fiction there are so many different types of stories that you can work with. If you feel like writing something paranormal there is space for that, if you want something more grounded in reality, there’s room for that too.
When I think about writing horror, I imagine looking for the center of a shadow. The part of a monster that lets you understand it is an interesting part. Especially if you understand it, but still recoil from it. That’s the tiny still center I look for as I write.
I am fascinated by how coping with ‘otherness’ shapes the worldview of many of my characters. Horror tropes provide a powerful way for me to dig into the complexities and contradictions of race and gender.