On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association.
Edited by Mort Castle.
Featuring Stephen Kings National Book Awards 2003 Acceptance Speech.
OVERVIEW: The masters of horror have united to teach you the secrets of success in the scariest genre of all!
In On Writing Horror, Second Edition, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, David Morrell, Jack Ketchum, and many others tell you everything you need to know to successfully write and publish horror novels and short stories. The Horror Writers of America is a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting the horror genre. Formed in the late 1980s, it is the oldest and most respected organization celebrating the writers who revel in bringing sleepless nights to readers.
Table of Contents:
Foreword: The HWA: A Shockingly Brief and Informal History of the Horror Writers Association by Stanley Wiater.
Editors Introduction by Mort Castle.
PART ONE: Horror, Literature, and Horror Literature.
The Madness of Art by Joyce Carol Oates.
Acceptance Speech: The 2003 National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by Stephen King.
Why We Write Horror by Michael McCarty.
PART TWO: An Education in Horror.
What You Are Meant to Know: 21 Horror Classics by Robert Weinberg.
Avoiding What's Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell.
Workshops of Horror (and Seminars and Conferences) by Tom Monteleone.
Degrees of Dread by Michael A. Arnzen.
PART THREE: Developing Horror Concepts.
A World of Dark and Disturbing Ideas by J.N. Williamson.
Mirror, Mirror by Wayne Allen Sallee.
Going There: Strategies for the Things That Scare You by Michael Marano.
Honest Lies and Darker Truths: History and Horror Fiction by Richard Gilliam.
PART FOUR: Horror Crafting.
Such Horrible People by Tina Jens.
A Hand on the Shoulder by Joe R. Lansdale.
Eerie Events and Horrible Happenings: Plotting Short Horror Fiction by Nicholas Kaufman.
Reality and the Waking Nightmare: Setting and Character in Horror Fiction by Mort Castle.
"He Said?" She Asked: Some Thoughts About Dialogue by David Morrell.
Keep It Moving, Maniacs: Writing Action Scenes in Horror Fiction by Jay R. Bonansinga.
The Dark Enchantment of Style by Bruce Holland Rogers.
PART FIVE: Horror, Art, Innovation, Excellence.
Innovation in Horror by Jeanne Cavelos.
Depth of Field: Horror and Literary Fiction by Nick Mamatas.
Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror by Jack Ketchum.
Darkness Absolute: The Standards of Excellence in Horror Fiction by Douglas E. Winter.
On Horror: A Conversation With Harlan Ellison and Richard Gilliam by Richard Gilliam.
PART SIX: Tradition and Modern Times.
No More Silver Mirrors: The Monster in Our Times by Karen E. Taylor.
Fresh Blood From Old Wounds: The Alchemist Meets the Biochemist by Joseph Curtin.
More Simply Human by Tracy Knight.
The Possibility of the Impossible by Tom Piccirilli.
Archetypes and Fearful Allure: Writing Erotic Horror by Nancy Kilpatrick.
Take a Scalpel to Those Tropes by W.D. Gagliani.
That Spectred Isle: Tradition, Sensibility, and Delivery or Ghosts? What Ghosts? By Steven Savile.
New Horrors: A Roundtable Discussion of Horror Today and Tomorrow by Joe Nassise.
PART SEVEN: Genre and Subgenre.
Writing for the New Pulps: Horror Theme Anthologies by John Maclay.
Freaks and Fiddles, Banjos and Beasts: Writing Redneck Horror by Weston Ochse.
Youth Gone Wild by Lee Thomas.
Writing Horror Comic Books-And Graphic Novels by Davaid Campiti.
Acts of Madness: Writing Horror for the Stage by Lisa Morton.
Fear Spins Off: The Tie-In Novel Comes Into Its Own by Yvonne Navarro.
The Play's the Thing on the Doorstep: Writing Video and Roleplaying Games by Richard E. Dansky.
Now Fear This: Writing Horror for Audio Theater by Scott Hickey and Bob Madia.
Good Characters and Cool Kills: Writing the Horror Screenplay by Brendan Deneen.
PART EIGHT: Horror Business: Selling, Marketing, Promoting.
Dark Fluidity: Online Research and Marketing Resources by Judi Rohrig.
The Small Press: Filling Shelves with Rare Books by John Everson.
Sharing the Creeps: Marketing Short Horror Fiction, version 2.0 by Edo van Belkom.
For Love or Money: Six Marketing Myths by Bev Vincent.
Quiet Lies the Locust Tells by Harlan Ellison.
2007 Writers Digest Books trade paperback. New / New. Sealed.