How to write a great scary story ….


Wouldn’t it begin, “It was a dark and stormy night?”

Don’t storms and the dark raise a level of fear in us? Aren’t we designed to think of fear in the dark? Especially with the rain whipping against the roof? Even if we are outside in the trees trying not to get hit by the lightning?

Is it me?

Or has writing great stories really gotten worse over the last 40 years?

Aren’t there more stories about sick and perverted sex than there are about great story lines? What happened to plot?

What happened to simple, “It was a dark and stormy night?”

Personally, I think the more power the Progressive movement uses upon traditional people in America, the weaker our academic skills become.

Writing, math, science, logic, relationships all suffer from the weakening skills of those who claim to lead us to evolve into new humans.

So, to write a good horror story, read the classics. Watch the classic horror movies from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Remember that tradition developed over tens of thousands of years. And traditional fear is there for a simple reason, IT WORKS.

We should be scared of the un-known. We should have a raised heartbeat on a dark and stormy night.


You do not need zombies. You do not need the ‘living dead.’ Non-traditional fear is good on occasion. But, traditional fear ALWAYS works.

A big dog lunging at your hero will scare everyone. A snake crawling over a kids leg in the dark will scare everyone. An escaped tiger will get everyone’s attention.

Stormy weather makes for a better villain than a girl who cannot take off her high heels and run barefoot …. Doesn’t reality make for a better enemy than silly does?

If does for me. Does it for you?


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