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Horror/Scary: September 11, 2019 Issue [#9752]




 This week: Horror is Provocative
  Edited by: Kate ~ Retooling
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Table of Contents

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
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

         Welcome to this week's WDC Horror/Scary Newsletter ~ where the mundane takes a back seat to the realm of the unknown, a realm of limitless possibilities. When I listen, sometimes I even hear.

"All that I see or seem is but a dream within a dream"

"...quoth the Raven, nevermore"


Edgar Alan Poe


         Foremost in a work of horror, I believe, is the writer's ability to provoke fear or terror in readers - a sense of dread or anxiety from a given image - tangible or envisioned - a foreshadowing of impending doom. Let's explore some items which may give us a head start along the way.

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Letter from the editor

         Greetings, fellow afficionados of the dark, speculative world of horror. I propose to you that a good horror story, in prose or verse, is a poetry, a conversation between the writer and reader. The depth of perception and detail in horror is like that in a poem. Horror evokes a sense of terror, a mood, that draws the reader into the otherworld the writer creates, whether that 'otherworld' be somebody's backyard or a world envisioned in outer space, or even another realm.

         Think about it, don't you find yourself whispering aloud or mouthing the words in a really vivid horror story (prose or verse)? Reading aloud to taste the words and sense the image being created. This is the 'dialogue' between writer and reader, and I think it's most dynamic in horror fiction. What causes me to cringe may be ordinary to you, but if I present it so that you can see it with my eyes; smell, touch, taste and hear it as I do, by use of words, then you can sense my horror and enter my 'otherworld,' creating our conversation.

         The writer's ability to provoke fear or terror in readers makes a horror story come alive; creating a sense of dread or anxiety from the opening image, a foreshadowing of impending doom. To do this, the writer engages the senses, including the mind, with vivid images.

         I think horror in all its versatile forms (subgenres) is two stories, whether presented in verse or prose - the story of both the main character, and that of his/her environment or surroundings. The setting is inscribed by the writer with a personality of its own, which interacts with that of the character(s) engaged with the surroundings.

         The horror tale takes the reader on a journey where the ordinary becomes unfamiliar as it gets entangled with supernatural or surreal elements; a common, known entity, item, or place becomes unfamiliar, alien to the character (and reader).

         *Bulletgr* Horror tales explore the dark, malevolent side of humanity, whether or not the characters are human. The tone or mood of the tale quickly becomes bleak and menacing, eliciting an immediate visceral response by the reader.

         *Bulleto* The main character is one to whom/what the reader can relate or in some way understand, feel kinship or empathy for, as they (character and reader) tread deeper into the tale.

         *Bulletp* Lives often depend on the protagonist's success in surmounting or destroying the cause of the horror, as he/she encounters frightening and unexpected events or influences.

         *Bulletb* There is violence, either served directly upon the protagonist, or characters he/she encounters.

         *Bulletv* Most horror stories are written in third person, not to distance readers, but to draw them in to engage the story, based on their experience, as though they are there, watching, and sensing, feeling and seeing what your characters experience. This also allows you, as writer, the option to expand description of the setting (the other character I noted earlier) to evoke dread or foreboding, making the ultimate horror believable, and memorable.

         With all its versatility, horror writing does have common elements, ways in which you, the creative writer, evoke horror in your readers.

         So, engage your readers, as well as your characters, in horror that is just around the corner, ever there just outside the corner of your eye

Write On !
Kate ~ Retooling









Editor's Picks

         I offer the following tales in verse and prose for your reading pleasure. See if you can engage these otherworlds of horror and fright created by members of our Community; and answer back with a review perhaps? Then, accept the challenge to incite an otherworld of horror for your characters and readers.

 We were warned.  (13+)
terror of the sea
#2199831 by Albert Richard


 Invalid Item 
This item number is not valid.
#2199712 by Not Available.


 The Monster  (E)
Which one is it?
#2199183 by Zehzeh


 Girl with leaves   (18+)
Aspen Edison , has ability to master the vines Has friends and meets characters .
#2199143 by Phantom Gryphon


 The Mansion in the Woods  (ASR)
Flash Fiction challenge
#2199751 by AbbyOlson


 
STATIC
The Castle Wakes  (18+)
A lonely castle holds a dark purpose- inspired by actual events
#2197942 by trailerpark bodhisattva


 
STATIC
The Mandela Effect  (18+)
A life-changing encounter for a janitor... Screams daily winner.
#2197138 by Azrael Tseng


 Time Stood Still  (13+)
The bus stops, terror ensues.
#2198644 by Teargen


FORUM
SCREAMS!!!  (XGC)
A Daily Contest Of Horror And A Three Time Quill Award Winner!
#2020439 by Angus





 
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         Thank you for the safe respite in your virtual homes. Until we next meet, may the horror you perceive, and that you weave, remain outside your door and windows.

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