Hi there, I'm Dogg the pumpkin and I'm here to tell you how writers make stories scary.
Number #1 Scary stories usually have fantastic descripitive words to describe the setting. They use words to paint a picture in your head, like for example nightmarish or shuddersome. Some discripitive words can change the readers emotions
"DURING the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the yeare"
-House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe
"a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit"
Number #2 Another way writers make stories scary is suspense! Suspense means a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen. For example...
"Who's there?" I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime I did not hear him lie down. He was still sitting up in the bed listening; --just as I have done, night after night,
-The Tell Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe
In The Tell Tale Heart there was tons of suspense because you did not know if the narrarator would be sucessful.
Number #3 In quite a lot of famous scary stories the most scary part or suspensful part is not that graphicly detailed. The author wants you to imagine it because one of the scariest places is your mind!
He shrieked once --once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done.
-The Tale Heart, Edger Allan Poe
Notice at this extremly intense moment Poe does not go into that much detail. I also know that in the movie, Psycho, director Alfred Hitchcock knew about this technique and that is what made the famous shower scene so scary!
Number #4 Scary stories usually have something scary in it that everyone is scared of example: Dieing, weapons, the paranormal and monsters. Most people are fearful of these topics and think about them daily.
An example of these ideas is in The Tell tale Heart, the narrartor wants to kill the old man. Another basic idea everyone would be afried of is in the The Masque of the Red Death since the Red Death kills everyone at the end and almost everyone is scared of death.
Thats just some of the techniqes some use to make there stories scary! Thanks for your time!
By William K