On Writing Horror

On Writing Horror

A Handbook

Book - 2007
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
New and classic advice and tips from some of the best names in the field are featured in this guide for writers seeking authoritative instruction and inspiration on writing and selling horror. Original. 10,000 first printing.

Book News
The 46 articles in this collection are divided into eight sections on the major works of horror literature, developing horror concepts, plotting and writing techniques, avoiding common mistakes, creating monsters, understanding subgenres, and marketing. The second edition is substantially different from the first, adding at least 15 articles. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

F+W Publishing

The masters of horror have united to teach you the secrets of success in the scariest genre of all!

In On Writing Horror, Second Edition, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, David Morrell, Jack Ketchum, and many others tell you everything you need to know to successfully write and publish horror novels and short stories.

Edited by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting dark literature, On Writing Horror includes exclusive information and guidance from 58 of the biggest names in horror writing to give you the inspiration you need to start scaring and exciting readers and editors. You'll discover comprehensive instruction such as:

  • The art of crafting visceral violence, from Jack Ketchum
  • Why horror classics like Dracula, The Exorcist, and Hell House are as scary as ever, from Robert Weinberg
  • Tips for avoiding one of the biggest death knells in horror writing—predicable clichés—from Ramsey Campbell
  • How to use character and setting to stretch the limits of credibility, from Mort Castle
With On Writing Horror, you can unlock the mystery surrounding classic horror traditions, revel in the art and craft of writing horror, and find out exactly where the genre is going next. Learn from the best, and you could be the next best-selling author keeping readers up all night long.

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c2007
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9781582974200
Characteristics: xii, 260 p. ; 23 cm

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at SBL

To Top