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|It's All In The Way You Write It|
There is a butterfly flutter of light, a sibilant sputter, a serpent of smoke that rises lazily from the black stump of a dead wick, and then, as the candle burns out, darkness eagerly pulls its chair a little closer to your bedside.
Greetings fellow writers!
In case you've been wondering where I've been, well . . . I've been wondering the same thing too.
Anyway, after a long hiatus, I have finally come home, and it's good to see each and every one of you again; and more, it's fantastic to be back with the Horror/Scary Newsletter Team.
That said, let's get down to the business of writing horror.
The opening line above, There is a butterfly flutter of light, a sibilant sputter, a serpent of smoke that rises lazily from the black stump of a dead wick, and then, as the candle burns out, darkness eagerly pulls its chair a little closer to your bedside. This could have easily been said, And then the candle went out. But where's the fun in that? It says the same thing, but it's dry and chaps the eyes, not to mention that it does nothing to spur the imagination. If you look at it closely, there are a lot of scary words in there too, like: serpent, black stump, dead wick, and darkness. This sets the mood, paints the scene, makes you feel the darkness as a real presence sitting down beside you contemplating your demise. The word, 'sibilant' means sounds produced using the letter 's'. Like the sound of a hot match dropped into a glass of water: "SSSSSSSZT."
There is no gore here, just words that tickle at the nape of your neck, and pimple your skin with goosebumps. You are also left wondering, 'what happens next?' And I love that when I am reading.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to creative writing; there is only learning from your favorite authors and applying their skills to your own. Reading is essential! Do as much reading as you do writing and you will automatically see your skill improve.
Until next time,
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One day until All Hallows Eve, and then the carving would begin. Currently there are four to be hollowed and carved. Maybe more yet to come.
I smile as her heart stops beating. It is done, and I am eager to join her in death, to show her all the things I couldn’t before.
I'm driving down a straight road lined with dark looming trees on both sides. Each side of the road has a large deep ditch for siphoning rainwater from the road. My headlights create a lit tunnel through the groping branches of the trees above and I hurtle through the arched darkness with a speed I have no control over.
The printed word can and does have a very strong influence on a reader's mind. It can serve to imprint imperceptible images or commands, as I have just demonstrated. By reading one certain sentence in this text you will have the opportunity to resist these inconspicuous suggestions that I am successfully placing into your subconscious. But until that sentence appears, you will and are still allowing me to have a limited amount of control not only of your brain, but your actions as well.
She wheezed a dry, brittle sound and called for water again, sounding more human. She felt sticky and gritty all over and refused to open her eyes again. Elanore wiped away the crust from her eyes with fingers that felt like straw and crawled beneath the window. When the sunlight touched her skin her flesh recoiled and burned. She yanked the raw flesh from the beam of light and bobbed her sunken eyes about.
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|Questions Of The Week|
Are all monsters bad, or are they just misunderstood?
And, would you be afraid of a horrifying creature in a bright neon tutu?
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