…Attempts to write horror oft elude me. According to research Stephen King in his book, “On Writing” says to know horror you must read horror. For any genre it’s a relevant statement.
But what does one do when they have the same reaction to scary stories as with spicy food, yet still desire to write it? If not horror, at least suspense.
The advice collected is to make it mysterious. Make it believable. The monster isn’t revealed until the very last, if at all.
This is my problem: with each description of something “scary,” I make some heroic figure step behind, grab its attention and say,
“Excuse me, are you supposed to be scary?”
—from Sounds of Sleepers on a Rainy Night and Other Stories: 101 Case Studies of Aspiring Writers. Horror Edition. Ca. June 1998, books on Audio Cassette and CD. Neo-Pumpkin Mandrake Publishers Inc.