On Writing Horror

A Handbook by the Horror Writer's of America

By Mort Castle (Editor)
(Writer's Digest Books, Paperback, 9781582974200, 260pp.)

Publication Date: November 2006

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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 KetchumWhy 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 writingpredicable clichesfrom Ramsey CampbellHow 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.




About the Author
Sam Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury and a two-time Bram Stoker Award finalist. He is the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow, 2005), and Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews (Melville House Publishers/Stop Smiling Books, 2010). Weller has written for the Paris Review, National Public Radio, and is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly. His short fiction has been published in numerous journals and magazines. He lives in Chicago with his wife Jan and three daughters.

Mort Castle is a horror author and a writing teacher who has published over 500 short stories. Twice a winner of the Black Quill award, seven times a Bram Stoker Award nominee, Castle edited On Writing Horror, the primary reference work for dark fiction authors. He lives near Chicago with Jane, his wife of 40 years.

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