Thursday, November 19, 2009

What makes a story scary?

Lately I've been seeing a lot of anthologies for spooky stories: at least three zombie anthologies, Pandora's Nightmare, Day Terrors...the list goes on and on.

I wish I could write for these places, but I'm not good at writing scary stories! I love watching horror movies, I love love love reading Stephen King, but I can't write my own horror filled tales. The only scary story that I tried to write has yet to find a home. And I wonder why??

So it brings me to this question: What makes a story scary? What's the scariest story/novel that you've read and why? Or what's the scariest story you wrote?


Angie said...

I don't do scary, reading, watching, or writing. I just don't enjoy it.

Aubrie said...

At least you are honest! Thanks for sharing, Angie.

Natalie said...

Yeah, I'm a wimp when it comes to scary stuff too. I like movies and books that are a little scary but mostly interesting (like The Sixth Sense or The Graveyard Book), but I can't handle scary for scary's sake :)