So, this is basically the last of the 13 Posts Of Halloween, just the update left(which will come next week some time!). So tell me, what are you doing this Halloween!?! I'm having a party of sorts with my brothers and a few friends where we plan on trying to scare all the trick-or-treaters, in a good natured kind of way. Also, I know I promised pics of my house all decked out, which we ran into a problem where the wind ruined our spider web so we're redoing it before tonight, and then I will update this post with the pictures!
Costume wise, I had two options. If I decided to be childish and go with my brother and his kind of girlfriend to go trick-or-treating I was going to wear my Captain America hoodie and claim that I was "Captain America in disguise"... Yeah. But instead I'm sticking to the original plan of a simple scary mask and staying home to scare little children.... It sounds creepier than it is!
On to the post. I've been putting this one off because it was the hardest to write and took the longest but finally,
54 Things A Horror Book Needs To Be Successful! In my opinion!
1. Suspense. It's not just the creep factor you need in a horror book, you need suspense and mystery! It needs to be eerie and I need to actually fear for the main characters lives! I can't figure out the plot before the Big Reveal, I need suspense, I need mystery(what is this creepy force killing off the people in this town?), I need to be afraid for my own life...okay?
2. Like-able characters. I haven't read a ton of YA horror, though I love it, but what I have read sometimes has unlikable characters. I need to like the characters, at the very least I need to feel for them, and get to know them. There tends to be a lack of character development in horror, which is fine in movies, not in books. If I don't care in some way for the characters then why would I care if some psychopath is trying to kill them or not?
3. Horrifying plot. This ties it the suspense, but the plot needs to be terrifying. I need a creepy setting and a ghost coming back to life for revenge. I don't need a bunch of idiots reading from a summoning book and bringing about their own deaths, unless it's done really well. It also needs to be convincing, I'm not big on the whole there's a murderer on the loose and the main character starts digging into it, which turns the murderer to chasing them...ehh, it's over done.
4. Horrifying villain. Whether they be humans, zombies, killer plot bunnies, ghosts, demons, or ponies, the villain needs to be genuinely terrifying. An example that springs to mind is The Dreamhouse Kings series...which is odd because I don't really remember much about that series as I read it years ago...weird.
I seem to be having issues recently with the whole number 5, I keep thinking "okay top five of something or other" and then I can only come up with 4.... Mystery was going to be my 5th, but that really just goes with the suspense....
So, what's the number one thing in a horror book(or any book) that scares you?
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