Writing Scary Scenes (Writer’s Craft)

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Are your frightening scenes scary enough? Learn practical tricks to turn up the suspense. Make your readers' hearts hammer with suspense, their breaths quicken with excitement, and their skins tingle with goosebumps of delicious fright.

This book contains practical suggestions how to structure a scary scene, increase the suspense, make the climax more terrifying, make the reader feel the character's fear. It includes techniques for manipulating the readers' subconscious and creating powerful emotional effects.

Use this book to write a new scene, or to add tension and excitement to a draft.

You will learn tricks of the trade for "black moment" and "climax" scenes, describing monsters and villains, writing harrowing captivity sections and breathtaking escapes, as well as how to make sure that your hero doesn't come across as a wimp… and much more.

This book is recommended for writers of all genres, especially thriller, horror, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

British English.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1268 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rayne Hall; Writer’s Craft edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: ¬†Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Every Writer Should Read This Book!

1 helpful vote
 on November 17, 2013
By Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy)
If you grew up reading Goosebumps books, Fear Street novels and anything by Stephen King, then sooner or later you’ve probably have attempted to write your own spooky story, maybe it was a haunted house story (I have written plenty of them.). Horror writing may not be as easy as it looks, but you are in luck, as author Rayne Hall has written a book just for this situation, titled Writing Scary Scenes.

HIGHLY recommend

1 helpful vote
 on July 18, 2014
By Liz Long
I wrote a YA zombie book. I’ve been feeling like something was missing and this book has really helped me know what I need to go back and add, delete, and change. It’s a HUGE help for my writing and I definitely recommend it. She gives very concrete examples, not vague “don’t make your character a wimp.” She lists specific words and mannerism that make a character seem wimpy, and ways to rewrite so it doesn’t sound like a wimp anymore.

Great information no matter what genre you write.

 on September 23, 2014
By Frostfire
This author says she can’t write anything without it becoming dark and scary. I believe it. She knows every trick I ever heard and much, much more.

Goes the Extra Mile

2 helpful votes
 on July 31, 2013
By Steven French
Horror Author Stephen King presented us with 3 flavors of fear: Horror, Terror, and Revulsion. Rayne hall has gone the extra mile to bring us WAY more. Furthermore, Rayne is easy to read and understand. She has also taken the time to present several techniques that we can use in writing a scary scene and horror novel. There are 26 chapters full of great suggestions for writing about terror here. All of them are useful. This is the must have guide for all writers of horror–new or old. I’ve used it already and will continue to do so. Guides like these are hard to find. Get one while you still can.

A practical guide without fuff

1 helpful vote
 on January 22, 2015
By Robin Austin
This book is void of ego ramblings and self-boasting. I can’t say the same for many other author written how-to books. Hall presents the facts of how to get the job done. You still have to do the work, but it does point you in the right direction. There are a number of short before and after examples, but not so many you feel like you’re reading a novel. I like the author’s direct style and will check out her other books.

Super Useful Writing Book

7 helpful votes
 on June 26, 2015
By J.
I am a horror writer, mostly, and found this book to be very useful in bringing suspense and thrills into my works of fiction. Rayne Hall has a way of bringing some instruction in areas that I haven’t read in other writing books. I especially liked the parts on the use of the senses in your writing. This is the second book I have bought two books by Rayne hall, and will continue to do so if they have this much value.

Succinct and Useful

3 helpful votes
 on April 23, 2013
By Joseph R. Sweeney
I really like the way Rayne presents concise and straightforward techniques for writing. Easy to follow for beginners, and quick reference reminders for experienced. I can easily see myself using this as a quick reference guide when I’m writing scary scenes. My favorite chapter was 11 on Euphonics. The chapter suggests words containing certain sounds to create certain effects. I highly recommend this book.

A Buffet of Useful Ideas for Writers

2 helpful votes
 on May 15, 2013
By Candy
Not all these ideas will work for every writer, but I found a buffet of useful ideas worth perusing for my fiction. Although the specific examples were often a bit obvious, I enjoyed Hall’s use of concrete examples.

Great resource for writers

1 helpful vote
 on January 14, 2013
By Ann Simpson
This is a great guide for writing that believable scary scene. Rayne Hall first describes human reactions to fear, shock, horror, panic and so on, a great guide alone. Then Rayne discusses instant hooks, dark and dangerous, sounds, suspense and much more, writing ‘tricks’ I like to call them. Actually it is a skill Rayne has put together in this easy to read guide for authors new and old to keep on hand. I recommend this book to all paranormal, supernatural, mystery and suspense writers.

A Valuable Tool for Writers

 on December 18, 2012
By Arleena Edgar
I found “Writing Scary Scenes” to be a valuable tool for writing in all genres. The chapters are filled with lists of examples as well as examples from already published fiction. I was particularly interested in the examples of responses to fear for both the main character and the supporting characters. `Flavours of Fear’ and `Euphonics’ were my favorite chapters, and I enjoyed taking the `Is your main character a wimp?’ test. I would highly recommend this book to writers who want to take their story to a greater level of suspense and fear. I bought this book on Amazon.

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