5 horror subgenres you need to know

Horror is such a broad genre. If you pick up two books labeled 'horror' they'll likely be completely different -- even if they're next to each other on the library shelf. A lot of people don't realize how many horror subgenres there are -- though, as you'll see, there's plenty of overlap. Here are a few of the most popular ones. slasher movies: This is what most people think of when they think horror. (And by "think" I mean "criticize").…

Enter to win a proof copy of STATE OF EMERGENCY

Want to read STATE OF EMERGENCY before it's released on September 26? Good news -- I'm giving away a proof copy! The giveaway starts today and goes through August 25, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell all your zombiephile friends about it. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and Germany. All you have to do to enter is click the following link and give goodreads some info. If you're not…

3 reasons you should write fan fiction

When I was younger, I loved writing fan fiction. Mine usually featured Justin Timberlake or Leonardo DiCaprio -- or, in some cases, both. But fan fiction isn't limited to teen heartthrobs. People from all different fandoms are known to create fiction about their favorite things, from Batman to Game of Thrones, or even The Golden Girls! Fan fiction is often snubbed, and its creators are not usually seen as "real writers" (though many of them never claimed to be). Here…

Why do people like horror movies?

Horror is a genre like no other. Horror movies are often snubbed or written off as trashy, shallow, or disgusting. Yet no other genre has such a loyal fanbase that will keep coming back no matter how bad of a reputation it gets. So why do some people love horror movies so much? They’re a thrill ride. Some horror movies start out slow, gradually building the pace for an exciting climax. Others provide jump scenes and edge-of-your-seat action at a…

The 10 best creepypastas I’ve ever read

[caption id="attachment_218" align="aligncenter" width="352"]                           Photo credit: Bunny Jager/Flickr[/caption] I love creepypastas. These updated campfire tales for the internet age are appealing to many hardcore horror fans. I used to spend hours in my room at night, listening to creepypasta narrations with the lights off.  Sometimes I'll read shorter ones as I write, just to get in the mood. But there are hundreds of creepypastas out there, and…

Why do people love cemeteries?

When it's nice outside and I have spare time, I love visiting cemeteries. Some of my friends go with me, but others think I’m weird for hanging around a place where a bunch of dead people are buried. I know I’m not the only person who loves cemeteries. Every time I visit the famous cemeteries of New Orleans, there are dozens of people wandering around. But what is it about the final resting places of the dead that fascinates people?…

How to survive a horror movie

If you watch horror movies, you've probably found yourself shouting at characters on a screen. "Don't go in that basement!" or "The killer's right behind you!" are common phrases. But characters in horror movies are often facing situations that are...well, horrific. Chances are, if you found yourself chased by Ghostface or Michael Myers, you'd do stupid things too. If you're ever unfortunate enough to be in that situation, here are some guidelines to help you make it to the sequel.…

5 horror novels I love

If you found this post, I assume you love horror novels like me. But good ones can be hard to find. Most of us who read horror on a regular basis have devoured so much that we're numb to the scares. Here are five horror novels I enjoyed reading so much I have to share them. CARRIE (Stephen King): It's a classic for good reason. I love a lot of Stephen King's work, but his debut novel is still my…