By Trina Boice
Don't get me wrong, I really like Halloween and all of the free chocolate, but when it comes to costumed trick or treaters, I'd rather give my precious Snickers bar to a cute Tinkerbell toddler than a prepubescent goul with blood and guts rolling down his cape. My boys think I'm a dork because instead of decorating our front yard with cool, creepy tombstones and vampires, I display happy pumpkins and harvest designs. I'm just not going to spend my hard-earned money on yucky plastic decor that gushes with fake blood. EESH.
For you folks who aren't chickens like me and who would like to try a Freddy Kruger whack at writing scary stories, here are a few tips from the pros (well, at least according to what I read on the Internet...so it must be true, right?)
The hallmark of horror writing is fear -- the ability of the writer to create it and the ability of the reader to feel it. Of course, poor grammar and bad editing can horrify a reader too! Include these elements in your spooky writ and you're sure to scare your readers, just in time for Halloween:
* Prey on their emotions and fears
* Present a believable plot
* Understand shock value
* Learn how to withold and create suspense
* Throw in a twist to leave them gasping
By the way, the above list is also effective parenting advice...