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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. Night Creature

    Night Creature New Member

    Hi, I'm the Night Creature.
    I'm a young author who'd like some help with horror writing. I think I'm doing okay so far, but my writing isn't jump-out-of-your-seat-and-crap-your-pants scary.
    By the way, it would be cool if you'd introduce yourselves. I don't think I know anyone on here.
    Thanks :)
  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome Night Creature. Personally, I don't need a lot of gore. I just need a good story plot with believable characters fleshed out enough to be familiar, you know, just real folks. Good dialogue and interesting dialogue. When the people are anchored in reality and familiarity, anything that happens to them supernaturally or otherworldly is totally something I will get on board with. If I made any sense there.
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  3. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I like suspense, mystery, stuff that makes me think. I'm with Deej in that I like the characters fleshed out, realistic, interesting, either likable or not, and easy to get to know. I appreciate detailed description, but think a boundary exists which needs to be honored which encourages the reader's imagination to roam.
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  4. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome! Interesting question. I agree with character development - once you are interested in and really care about a character, anything creepy, scary, horrifying that happens to them effects you. That's what makes a good story, in my opinion. I don't like to read about serial killers or child molesters and the like. That kind of stuff disturbs me deeply. I come away feeling like I need to wash my mind in holy water.
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  5. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member


    Hi Night Creature. I write but am not published (yet). I get lost with too much description of meaningless things (color and cut of clothing, weather, and droning minutiae). I like details but not too many. It is a tough balance. Keep on writing though, practice makes perfect.
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  6. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    every time I see your welcome cookies I get hungry! nom, nom, nom VultureLvr45
  7. Lina

    Lina Committed member

    I agree with people above. I also don't like gore, I like suspense, mysteries, atmosphere. And, of course, character development, that is good for any genre.

    Welcome to the Board! Keep posting!
  8. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    Struggle, failure, and then redemption never fails. Hard to keep that sequence interesting these days...that's YOUR hard part as the writer.
  9. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member


    For you Neesy and Gentle Giant, with :love_heart:
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  10. HMW

    HMW Well-Known Member

    Hello. I am sort of new here too, but ”welcome” nevertheless.

    The most important thing in horror fiction, for me, lies in what you don't know. Nothing can freak a reader out like his or hers own imagination.
  11. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

  12. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Hi Night Creature, I'm Walter Oobleck, one of the common double-o Ooblecks. I like description if it is coupled with character action and dialogue an even balance...or uneven. I rarely enjoy anything too-descriptive in the way of fashion statements. But if something is entirely new, something out of the norm, then I'd like to know what it is. I don't want...the creature was simply too terrible to describe! And I think I've read some corn-dog sentence like that in a published work. There is a great description in Bram Stoker's Dracula...you got the good doctor in his room in the castle, you got him looking outside, and you got him seeing the Count exit a window and crawl down the side of the wall...like a bat. I liked that one and remember it still. It shivered my timbers. Gore works if applied gorily. But...I do not remember anything specific line by line to recount it here for you...although I am thinking of a few instances from King stories. Why can't I remember them exactly? Too gory? I don't know. I've read stories that have described all manner of murderers, have seen too much television, too many movies, and yes...murderers who toy w/people are right up there on my hit list.
  13. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

    Hey Night Creature, good to have you here--you can call me Flake. :)

    I like lots of different things in my horror, but most importantly I need to have a hero--or a couple of hero's... nothing will scare me more than the possibility of losing someone I care about, so... make me care, deeply.
    I'm more afraid of the human monsters, so some gore will be effective--but the mind messing will terrify me more.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I like my beasties with lots of cowbell.....
  15. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Hi Night creature. Welcome. You can call me Spidey.

    I like strong character development, with a good story that becomes a page turner. Characters that I get to know and understand- sort of become one with them feel. There doesn't need to be a lot of gore in horror stories.
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  16. Hi Night Creature, you can call me nbnp or Ent :) I love supernatural mysteries :)

    Visually, I like a bit of gore... Like the slice and dice in the movie Ghost Ship.
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  17. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    [​IMG] Hi...what creeps you out when it comes to horror? A scene from Dracula that always gets me, is when Jonathan wanders into the wrong room in the castle and encounters the seductive sisters, eeeeee. Also from 'Salem's Lot, in the cemetery after the little boy was buried and the sun is going down on the gravedigger, or the last scene in Pet Sematary when the mother comes back.
  18. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    Is that beasties or pasties?
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  19. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    Story, character, and resonance.
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  20. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

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