2007 Books #24: How to Write Horror Fiction, by William F. Nolan
It seems that this is a whole summer about horror fiction for me, so when I saw How to Write Horror Fiction at the library, I acted as if I needed more books to read, and borrowed it. The book is only 122 pages long, before the appendix and index, and the reading went quickly. IMO, this book is a great one for beginning writers. It covers the basics of writing in brief sections, and although I had read a lot of the same type of material before, there was enough specifically horror-related advice that I felt satisfied with the new things the book brought to my attention. I'm new to the possibility of writing horror stories, since most of my ideas go toward fantasy and science fiction, but all of this grim material I'm absorbing has been bringing out some new story ideas that could turn into horror fiction. I'm more interested in the non-gory approach, and I'll see where that leads in the next few months.
For now, I'm working (not as consistently as I'd like) on a fantasy story about karma, with some dark elements, and it is kicking my ass way harder than the last story ever did.