A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
Quiet horror stories are not about visceral violence, gore, bloody slashers. They evoke dark emotions and conjure imagery, artistically hitting your fear buttons, teasing you with clues, rather than throwing it in your face.
- Don’t tell–force readers to use their imagination.
- Show the reader the blood and gore rather than telling them about it.
- Quiet Horror is everything that we cannot see or verbalize and fail to feel concretely.
- Emphasize strong emotion rather than graphic violence.
- Use atmosphere and mood, rather than graphic description, to create fear and suspense.
- Anything by Charles Grant
- Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (classic)
- The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
- A Woman in Black, A Ghost Story by Susan Hill
- The Fall of Never by Ronald Damien Malfi
- In the Night Room by Peter Straub
- The Snowman’s Children by Glen Hirshberg
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
- The Exorcist by William Beatty
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.