In plot-driven genre stories, a thorough outline and emotionally resonant elements are vital for keeping your reader invested. They immerse readers in the macabre. Yes, I have been ill, very ill.
How to write a horror story: 6 terrific tips How to write a horror story: 6 terrific tips July 28, This guide to how to write a horror story covers the basics. Zombies march, vampires make you join their legion, or in subtler scenarios long-dead friends or relations pay unexpected visits.
Rowling uses her Hogwarts castle for all sorts of happy circumstances, but its labyrinth of dimly lit halls, wings, and echoing rooms is also a convenient prowling ground for ghosts and evildoers. It's typically not necessary to mention what your characters are wearing, or what kind of couch they're sitting on - unless that description contributes in some way to creating an ominous atmosphere.
But that doesn't mean they should feel safe.