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Horror/Scary: May 31, 2017 Issue [#8313]

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 This week: Horror by firelight
  Edited by: Arakun the Twisted Raccoon
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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About This Newsletter

Quote for the week: It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
~Frederick Douglass

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Letter from the editor

People have probably been sitting around campfires telling stories ever since our primitive ancestors learned to control fire. As well as a place stay warm and cook food, the village fire was a place to socialize and pick up the latest news and gossip. Before books and writing were common, many societies had oral storytelling traditions. Although people in most parts of the world no longer rely on an open fire for heat and cooking, the tradition of telling stories around a fire still persists when people camp under the stars and sit round a campfire.

A campfire is a great setting for telling any type of story, but especially horror stories. A flickering flame dancing in the darkness gives you a built in spooky atmosphere.

Next time you go camping, use a campfire setting to practice your story telling. Campfire stories work best if you can tie them in to local legends or places. Be aware of local burning restrictions and regulations before building a fire. For example, a park may not allow open fires if the weather has been hot and dry. If you can't build a real fire, a flashlight or electric lantern works well too.

Try to involve your listeners in the story as much as you can. You may say things like, "What do you think happened next?" or "It happened on that hill right over there." Just as it does on WDC, your subject matter and horror level of your story will depend on your audience. Don't make it too scary for little kids or people you know are easily upset. You want to scare your listeners in a fun way, not so they will have nightmares and need therapy for years!. You might develop more than one version of a story, for different audiences.Maybe you want to start the story and allow your audience to add to it.

If you can't actually gather up your friends and go camping in the wilderness, you can simulate the experience of telling stories around a campfire on WDC in the form of a campfire creative item. A campfire creative involves several participants who take turns adding to the story. Campfire creatives can be any genre but they work really well for horror stories. The leader will start the story and set up any restrictions on what might happen, the content rating, and time and word limit for each participant to write their part. Your participants might just be themselves telling stories or they might be assigned to play the parts of characters in a bigger story. Maybe you could give a prize for the scariest story. Go to this link for information on how to set up a campfire creative item:

"Create/Edit a Campfire Creative

Something to try: Get some WDC friends together and use a campfire creative to build a horror story.

Editor's Picks

A Winter Vacation  (18+)
Joanie needed to get away to relax... a 2017 Quill Awards Nominee
#2109955 by Jim Hall

The Black Cape And Top Hat  (13+)
A man's memory of a terrible event in his youth still haunts him
#1886133 by Fangus

Story Maker  (18+)
Gemma loves to read horror stories, and one Halloween she finds out where they come from.
#1818908 by Early

Advice from a Friend  (13+)
One drink turns a woman's night from a fun outing to a struggle to survive.
#2113343 by Cat Voleur

The Red Festival  (18+)
My dark fantasy story. Heavily inspired by the works of Kentaro Miura.
#2061386 by Mista Winstrom

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