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We live in a beautiful world with ugly edges. The reality of such ugliness can be read in the daily headlines. Stephen King said, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” This week in #litchat WritingWednesday we’re discussing paranormal and horror fiction.

“The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it’s when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…” Stephen King

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25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror
Chuck Wendig, terribleminds

More & More & More Tales To Give You Goosebumps (Yeah, We’re Talking About R.L. Stine)
Zachary Petit, Writer’s Digest

20 Tips for Writing the Perfect Horror Story
Ziggy Kinsella, The Feckless Goblin

Sarah Pinborough on How to Write a Horror Novel
Jonathan Hatfull, SciFiNow

Stephen King on the “Craft of Writing Horror Stories”
Stephen King, excerpt from On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Horror Fiction – Ten Cliches to Avoid
William Miekle, Fiction Factor

Archive of Horror Writing
Fiction Factor/Horror Factor

How to Write Today’s Horror
David Taylor, Writing-World