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Tuesday, June 18 How To Write A Horror Story This morning I was writing a horror story and I realized that the structure of a classic horror story is different than the typical hero's journey. In this post I ask, and attempt to answer, two questions: What is it supposed to accomplish?
How will we know whether we've succeeded or failed? Let's take this in parts. The Purpose of a Horror Story What is a good horror story supposed to do?
What is its function? It's supposed to terrify, or at least deeply disturb. If you're not horrified by the end, then the story could be great and wonderful, but it's not a horror story. This is something I'm sure I'll continue to think about over the years, but here's what I've come up with so far.
The hero does something normal. Perhaps the hero goes on a date, perhaps they meet friends, perhaps they go on a road trip. This is a great place to introduce your characters. Foreshadow the dangers to come. A mother plays a game of hide-and-seek with her children.
This example is, in part, based on this.
There's a problem Something goes wrong. The mother can't find her children. The college students on the road trip get lost. At some point in the first act the theme or moral might be stated.
Warning Something happens that would give a reasonable person second thoughts about the wisdom of going forward. For instance, when college students pull up at a gas station looking for gas and directions they are berated then given directions by someone wearing worn overalls and in dire need of dental work.
A marvelous twist is put on this trope by Tucker and Dale Versus Evil. Break into act two: And that's the key word, it must be an act of will, the hero must choose to ignore the warning.
I'm sure there are horror movies that violate this rule. Ordinarily, act two begins when the hero accepts the quest. I guess one way of looking at this is to say that, in a horror story, by ignoring the warning, the hero tacitly accepts the quest.
Initial problem is either solved or changed Almost immediately upon entering act two the problem changes.
This is another difference from the normal story structure. Usually the problem changes, then the hero accepts the quest. It seems that in a horror often the hero ignores the warning and then either fulfills their initial goal or the initial goal changes.
For example, in The Cabin, the college students ignore the implicit warning and then complete their initial goal of finding the cabin. The cabin, and the area around the cabin, is the Special World of the adventure.
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