…is a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. Fear is apparently a universal emotion; all persons, consciously or unconsciously, have fear in some sort. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight-or-flight response) but in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible.
This is something we experience from time to time, but life tries to teach us to face it. For a writer, fear is a great emotion to use, whether it may be for the situation or what the antagonist would like to relay. I’m not fond of writing horror or fear-inducing stories, but I do have the pleasure of reading them and enjoying them. I happen to love the thrill.
How can you say a story or a book is scary?
Does it send a chill down your spine?
Does it give you palpitations as you read each word so painstakingly slow?
What was your first encounter with a horror novel like?
Use every emotion you can get or feel when writing or making art. Be inspired!