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

Learn to keep a reader (and your characters) on edge

18 people found this helpful.
 on July 18, 2012
I devoured this book only a couple of hours after receiving my review copy. It starts off with different types, or “flavours,” of fear, including the signs, symptoms and how each type of fear can work in fiction. Simply reading through them brought to mind some of my favorite scary scenes as well as scenes from my works that could use a little punching up. Rayne has a knack for breaking down scenes, emotions, and even language in a way that will get readers thinking.

Writing Scary Scenes a must have reference

15 people found this helpful.
 on July 11, 2012
By Ken byars
Writing Scary Scenes [Kindle Edition] by Rayne Hall is another masterful work by a superb teacher and writer. She has used her expertise to prepare and teach several courses which help writers, both novice and advanced hone their craft into something that is tighter, more dramatic and realistic.

Great reference, great value

8 people found this helpful.
 on November 2, 2015
By Ben Story
This is an excellent reference/resource for writers trying their hands at writing horror stories, or just wanting to add some elements of suspense to their writing in a different genre. There are several sections with very detailed notes on how to structure your scary scene and how to create your desired effects. The tips on how often you can get away with using certain effects (usually with notes if there is variation between different genres) are helpful. Ms. Hall often illustrates her points with examples from her own or others’ writing, which was a nice way of showing how you can apply the principles in a variety of ways.

Super Useful Writing Book

7 people found this helpful.
 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.

Great Great Buy!!! No fooling.

5 people found this helpful.
 on June 21, 2015
By Amahra
Wow, this was fantastic. I read the book in one setting, okay, two, I had to go snack. I learned a lot about how to scare the pants off my readers. Will try my best to duplicate what I’ve learned. But more than that, the three short stories at the end of the book were a great, great bonus. This book lets you learn and it entertains you at the end. A must read book. I know everyone says that, but I really mean it. Great buy.

Precise and informative

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 17, 2012
By Debbie Christiana- New Milford, CT
I love the horror/thriller genre. Even if you do not; most of us enjoy a good tale of suspense. As much fun as it is to read or watch, it’s very hard to write. I’ve been fortunate to take Rayne’s writing classes online including Writing Scary Scenes.

Scary Help for Scary Writers

4 people found this helpful.
 on January 22, 2014
By Wm. J. Wilkins
Although I found the book as a whole a little inconsistent in its presentation from time to time, overall I think this is a fantastic reference for writers in any genre. It is full of great advice, along with clear examples.

Useful point-by- craft book

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 15, 2015
By Marie Hogebrandt
I found this book very useful. It’s short, and meaty, with point-by-point suggestions on how you can add more spooky/scary/creepy to your scenes.

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