Halloween Blog Hop (Last day)

Hi Everyone! Last day of the Halloween Blog Hop!

This is where a group of horror authors (very talented people, I might add) list something about Halloween on their Blog site about Halloween or about their horror books. Here is the link for the landing site so you can go to the other blogs and see what they are up to 🙂

Landing site: http://francishpowellauthor.weebly.com/halloween-blog-hop.html

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Topic: Small Horror Magazines

My final word is to encourage everyone to support the horror magazines out there. You see fewer and fewer ones every day and to keep Halloween alive all year long, we should support them. Below are two I enjoy. How about you?

The Horror zine: http://www.thehorrorzine.com/fiction.html

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Nothing’s Sacred: http://jackofnotradesproductions.com/

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Happy Halloween!! Halloween Blog Hop (Day 3)

Hi Everyone! For the next few days, Trick-or-Treat Thrillers is participating in a Halloween Blog Hop!

This is where a group of horror authors (very talented people, I might add) list something about Halloween on their Blog site about Halloween or about their horror books. Here is the link for the landing site so you can go to the other blogs and see what they are up to 🙂

Landing site: http://francishpowellauthor.weebly.com/halloween-blog-hop.html

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Today’s Topic: Season of the Witch

In the old days, I used to get sad when Halloween arrived because, in my opinion, every day should be Halloween! So in that spirit, I wanted to tell you about special event taking place through the entire month of November for the Season of the Witch (see below).

Halloween can be every day, if you only click your heals together and believe 🙂

Season of the Witch – 1st -30th November

Join us this November for the Season of the Witch. At www.storyteller-skgregory.weebly.com, we are celebrating authors of witch fiction. Fourteen authors will be taking part throughout the month and you will get the chance to read witchsome brand new short stories as well as taking a look at all things witchy.

As a fan of witches, I really wanted to put together an event that showcased the talent of all the writers involved, as well as being entertaining for those visiting the site. In the future I may run similar events with different supernatural beings such as werewolves or vampires.

There are some amazing, talented writers involved and if you love reading then there will be plenty of recommendations.

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The authors taking part are:

  • Kelley Armstrong
  • LJK Oliva
  • C.L Hernandez
  • Morgana Best
  • Alexis Kade
  • Kat Gracey
  • Christine Morgan
  • Mindy Klasky
  • Phaedra Weldon
  • Melanie Karsak
  • Stella Wilkinson
  • Elizabeth Watasin
  • Erin Hayes
  • JH Fleming

We also have short stories from Roma Gray, Xavier Axelson and Kathy Denver.

So why not stop by for a spell.

Welcome to Halloween Blog Hop (Day 2)

Hi Everyone! For the next few days, Trick-or-Treat Thrillers is participating in a Halloween Blog Hop!

This is where a group of horror authors (very talented people, I might add) list something about Halloween on their Blog site about Halloween or about their horror books. Here is the link for the landing site so you can go to the other blogs and see what they are up to 🙂

Landing site: http://francishpowellauthor.weebly.com/halloween-blog-hop.html

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The Five Essential Ingredients for a Scary Story

by Roma Gray, author of Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon

As an author of spooky tales or “Trick-or-Treat Thrillers” as I like to call them, I’ve often been asked, what’s my secret for writing a scary story. Well, we all know that tingly, spine-chilling feeling we get from a wonderfully suspenseful, creepy story, but how do you get there? How do you create that amazing, almost Mary's little lamb2intangible feeling from a few written words? Below, I’ll share with you, my private recipe.

  1. Atmosphere

What is a scary story without the cold chill of a dense fog or the sound of a low groan? I remember a story I once read that started with a girl just walking down the street. Nothing was attacking her or jumping out of the bushes, but the way the author described the disturbing quiet of the street sent chills up my spine.

2. Balance/Contrast between the Familiar and the Unknown

Begin with the normal, the comfortable, and lead into the unexplored. Your dad came home drunk―again. You’ve seen this before, but what’s he going to do tonight? Or maybe something is following you in the dark. You don’t know what it is, but you know what it wants―you! Then again, maybe you’re home in your own bed when someone breaks in. Your feeling of security is suddenly shattered! Playing the familiar against the unknown is startling, disturbing, and best of all, interesting.

3. Character Development

I’ve read stories where I didn’t like the character and really didn’t care when the thing in the shadows attacked. Also, when I barely knew the character, same result: BIG yawn. When you create characters that emotionally connect with your readers, you can drag the reader into the monster’s den right along with your damsel in distress.

4. Balance/Contrast between Believability and Disbelief

Have you ever watched a movie where the action turned cartoonish? The director was trying to create an amazing scene, but instead it became ridiculous. Start with ordinary and relatable, then build up to the unbelievable. The shock of someone discovering their innocent five-year-old daughter is turning into a zombie―a real zombie!—is a key moment in a story. But anchor it with real emotions.

5. Balance of Pace

If you’re a beginning writer, and my list seems as terrifying as a vampire in a Stephen King novel, take a few deep breaths. Chances are if you enjoy the genre, many of these things are already second nature to you. So, my final advice to all of you would-be-authors: have FUN. If you can do that, well, you’ve won over the most important person of all—yourself.

Don’t go too slow or too fast. Keep enough action to hook the readers, but don’t race to the finish line, skipping the chilling build up. Suspense and excitement are the keys to keeping your reader turning the pages. You can find entire books written on proper pacing, and I recommend reading as many as you can.

Welcome to the Halloween Blog Hop! (Day 1)

Hi Everyone! For the next few days, Trick-or-Treat Thrillers is participating in a Halloween Blog Hop!

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This is where a group of horror authors (very talented people, I might add) list something about Halloween on their Blog site about Halloween or about their horror books. Here is the link for the landing site so you can go to the other blogs and see what they are up to 🙂

Landing site: http://francishpowellauthor.weebly.com/halloween-blog-hop.html

For today, as my introduction, I’m going to 1) Post a link to a recent interview on me by Amanda M. Lyons and 2) post a link to my book. During the next few blogs I’ll post entertaining stories and Halloween related articles and jokes.

Interview: http://amandamlyons.weebly.com/blog/interview-with-roma-gray-author-of-gray-shadows-under-a-harvest-moon

My book: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Under-Harvest-Trick—Treat-ebook/dp/B00UG8U9C0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446084683&sr=8-1&keywords=gray+shadows+under+a+harvest+moon

More fun to come tomorrow 🙂

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