Scared Yet? A Study in Horror

Found a cool thing and I’mma share it with you! I’m like a golden retriever that brings back websites instead of sticks.

I highly recommend that you check out the video series “Scared Yet” by Kris Straub. Straub is the author/illustrator of the ongoing webcomic Broodhollow (excellent) and the notorious creepy-pasta “Candle Cove” (also excellent). In this serious Straub takes on the task of studying the more popular scary stories that have spread throughout the Internet, dissecting both their intent and construction to determine if the piece is a success or failure.

 

 

“Scared Yet” is a great resource for writers, regardless of how invested they are in the horror genre. It’s a great way to see how stories attempt to evoke a specific reaction from their audience and how it can go both wrong and right. Straub is respectful in his critiques as he seeks out weak stories not to shame their creator, but to show the flaws in its execution and where it might be improved. Pacing, believability, and what an author can and cannot expect of their audience are discussed in a broad sense that is not aimed towards authors but an author can certainly gleam some good information from each episode.

Go check it out!

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Once upon a midnight dreary…

Halloween means scary story and book recommendations!  Per the request of the patron saint of writers, Neil Gaiman, I offer these Internet-obtainable reads to you as my All Hallow’s Read gift.

The classics remain the classics for a reason.  You can grab yourself some Poe for a good time, there is always H.P. Lovecraft if you prefer an eldritch twist to your short stories.  One of my personal favorite is The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers.

One of the best sites to ever be birthed from the Internet, The SCP Foundation, can steal days from your life as you browse their collection of bizarre items.  If I might suggest a few starter articles:

What are some of your favorite scary books?  Do you have a ritual for reading scary stories, or can you read them on the bus and still get a chill up your spine?  I am a huge wuss when it comes to scary stories, so I don’t read many.  Stupid Slender Man pictures can give me nightmares so my selections might be a bit tame.  Tell me good scary stories to check out!

Happy Halloween!