Once upon a time, I thought I wrote Horror. Looking back, I’m not sure why. But as I’ve read more fiction magazines and books, I’ve come to discover – I don’t write Horror. I never have.
Self-discovery is good, I guess. And I learned I write what I can only name ‘Dark Fiction.’
Horror is supposed to scare you. Freak you out, give you goosebumps. My stories have never done that – not to say they haven’t tried. Instead, I’ve written dark tales – ending in misery, woe and often death for my main character. Often the MC feels hatred, for himself or for others. Often they are trapped, unable to change who they are or where they’re headed. And things don’t generally go well. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose. It’s my own particular style. But…it’s not Horror.
So that leaves me wondering – what is a good Horror story? I’ve never once been scared by fiction, though I’d certainly like to be. So give me your suggestions. What book/story had you terrified? Which one gave you chills and made you afraid to turn out the lights? I want to know that kind of story. I want to write that kind of story.
…Though I still love my poor doomed MC’s and their dreadfully tragic endings. 🙂
So hit me up with your suggestions. I’d love to find some horror to make me afraid to sleep. Self-published authors and small press works are of course highly encouraged – I always like to support my fellow writers.
~Alexis A. Hunter