Horror Screenwriting: The Nature of Fear

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Horror has, among all of the genres in film and written works, one of the longest, most distinguished, and often misunderstood bloodlines in history. It is often overlooked by critics who don't see anything more than blood and guts on the screen, or a collection of cheap scares. But what is missed is the hard-hitting commentary on society and life contained in those works.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907605
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Very fun and interesting facts!

 on July 24, 2010
By Amelia E. Perkins
I loved this book! Even if you are not a horror movie fan, the first chapter “tour of hell” is very very interesting with facts from how the genre got started and just what does make people jump out of their seats. 🙂

Book Gives Great Horror Screen Writing Techniques

One person found this helpful.
 on December 1, 2009
By Chris Boaze
I bought this book to learn more about the art of horror screenwriting. The technique used to spell it all out is awesome! Finally, no more reading long boring manuals. No more trying to find the next big thing to help me catapult my horror stories into a real action script over the top. The single greatest challenge anyone can face is growing and sustaining screenplays that will capture any audience. This book is a comprehensive prescriptive recommendation to start from ground zero and end up with a richly documented, fact-filled, example-loaded, no-nonsense script to become the first choice

Essential to mastering the nature of fear.

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 24, 2009
By R. Ferguson
Whether you are a beginner screenwriter or a seasoned veteran if you plan to write a horror movie this book is for you. First of all Mr. Watson’s love of all things horror pour onto to the page making Horror Screenwriting as a book an enjoyable read.

Great book on writing horror movies!

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 19, 2009
By R. Sutton
This is a great book for the beginner and anyone that wants to learn to write horror movies. The author covers a bit of history on writing horror, and also gives some small tasks at the end of each chapter. You also get to collaborate on writing a script during the reading of the book, as the script runs through most of the chapters. It’s a great fast read and learning tool. So, if you want to learn to write horror movies, this book is for you.

How to Write a Movie that Scares

One person found this helpful.
 on March 4, 2015
By Tom Farr
Horror Screenwriting by Devin Watson is at its core a book on screenwriting and covers much of the information you would see in a typical book on screenwriting. But it’s also about writing screenplays specifically for horror films, and this is where Watson brings his expertise to the subject to give us more than just general screenwriting advice, but advice on how to craft a truly terrifying story that is also thought-provoking.

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