Hello, help would be appreciated ;P

Discussion in 'Survey says...' started by Night Creature, Apr 28, 2014.


What appeals to you the most in horror fiction?

  1. lots of description

  2. A creepy ghost/monster/murderer

  3. gore

  4. A murderer who likes to toy with people.

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.


    Welcome :)

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  3. A.B.Smith

    A.B.Smith Active Member

    Hello night Creature. Love the handle. I grew up with the edge of black and white thrillers, Chaney and the gang. 4 older siblings with great imaginations. I like my creepy's to be creepy and plots that make me guess whats coming. Like several others have mentioned, detail is nice, but too much restricts my imagination. I have been so excited to see one of my favorite books turned film,and have the characters actually be like I envisioned them. Remember what doesn't make you 'crap' your pants, might give someone else a fright attack. And Welcome.
  4. Kitten

    Kitten Well-Known Member

    OMG! What do you think about this preview on Mr. Mercedes?! What a skarey person! That's going to be one of those books I will read and then at points try and decide if I want to turn the next page. What skarey thought of Mr. Mercedes is going to be hiding on the next page? Of course, that means it's going to be a page turner ... probably one of those books I won't be able to put down until I finish it. To top it off, ... I think too much. So, I will probably be trying to figure everything out while I'm reading the book.
  5. MadamMack

    MadamMack M e m b e r

  6. Liselle

    Liselle Well-Known Member

    I voted for creepy ghost etc but I also like murderers who toy with people. Not to bothered about gore because sometimes less is more, my imagination is quite capable of filling in the blanks.
  7. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Welcome! :howdy:
    I'm carrie's younger brother. Nice to meet you Night Creature.

    A creepy/scary "monster" always gets me. In Gerald's Game, though not an outright horror story, the Space Cowboy creeps me out to no end. Just the description of him and his bizarre behavior makes my hair stand on end. I don't think I will ever forget that character.
    The reason he "speaks" to me so much is because I have always had a fear of someone just appearing out of the dark. SK knows our primal fears, captures them in a "monster" of sorts, and then exploits those fears in such a way that it gets under our skin and haunts us. That's a great lesson learned to apply to your writing.
    Last edited: May 17, 2014
  8. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Couldn't have said it better myself, DJ. Perfect.
  9. KINGSMAN129

    KINGSMAN129 Well-Known Member

    Wishing a wonderful WELCOME to all SK Creatures of the Night! MUHUHUHUAHAHAHA! ;)
    Now that FORMALITIES are out of the way, PERSONALLY my taste in horror FICTION runs the gamut, however I AGREE with my fellow SK FANS in that I believe you need to have well written characters that people can IDENTIFY with, and/or come to LOVE, that way it gives it more meaning & TERROR should they encounter something that RIPS THEIR HEAD OFF on the next page! ;)
  10. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    Oh, I don't know. Everything in horror seems so TAME next to what I've done at work over the last month. And anyway, when I tried to write horror based on what I see at work the editor working with me didn't even believe it was real, which annoyed me but never mind. I stopped writing after it became clear that he was never going to want realism.
    Horror stories have nothing on what I've seen in the past month. Most people can't handle hearing about pregnant women and their unborn children dying because of violence done on purpose - as opposed to train wrecks and car crashes.
    Haunted, king family fan and Neesy like this.
  11. lovely1

    lovely1 Active Member

    Personally I like when an author doesn't reveal everything and just let's my imagination loose, since I can do the place holding no need for too much detailed description either that can become cumbersome and boring and distract a reader from the story and characters. The more anchored in reality that the story is the more the horror can ensue, and the more believable it becomes to me. I don't like gore all that much. A creepy atmosphere, well developed characters and the place in which the characters inhabit trumps all.
    king family fan and FlakeNoir like this.

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