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Writing Horror Fiction

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This writer's guide looks at the development of horror fiction and explains how to write short stories, graphic novels and horror fiction for children and adults. Beginning with the initial idea the author shows how to build on it, developing characters and plot. There are ideas for selecting and approaching publishers and information about contracts and publication.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published August 30th 1996 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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John
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this, but probably more for what I learned about author Guy N. Smith than what I did about writing. I'm always interested in the creative processes of successful writers, and I enjoyed the "behind the scenes" lowdown on Smith's career. Plus, this book is full of great recommendations for horror novels that somehow slipped under my radar.
As a writing tutorial, however, the book is admittedly weak. Much of Smith's advice is outdated and concerns the British publishing industry. Since I'm
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Anne Oftedahl
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Additional reading for an assignment in my Horror Fiction module
Kevin Bufton
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This handy writer’s guide was probably perfectly serviceable when it was published but much has become redundant thanks to advances in technology.

Smith treats writing as a serious business, as much as an art form, which is only right and proper. Unfortunately, the business has moved on since 1996... a lot.

His advice concerning submissions, publicity, and cracking the American market feels terribly out-of-date in this world of self-publishing, instant email contact, and social media. In a similar
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Izzy
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting for beginners to horror fiction but not much use for anyone else.
Alan
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Small book, pragmatic advice. Will re-read.
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I was born on November 21, 1939, in the small village of Hopwas, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. My mother was a pre-war historical novelist (E. M. Weale) and she always encouraged me to write.
I was first published at the age of 12 in The Tettenhall Observer, a local weekly newspaper. Between 1952-57 I wrote 56 stories for them, many serialized. In 1990 I collated these into a book entitled
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