What Makes a Story Scary
By: Sally Park 8B
I will help you to understand what makes a story scary.
Scary stories all depend on what kind of mood sets the atmosphere. For example, if the story established an eerie atmosphere, it would give a very suspenseful feeling. It would be even creepier if they put the mood in the beginning. An example from the story "The Monkey's Paw," the mood sets a mysterious part to the story because of the magic the monkey's paw does. This gives the reader to wonder, what will happen next? What will happen if the man uses the monkey's paw to make a wish? Will something bad happen? The mood of the story is what creates the type of feeling, but also catches the reader's attention by wanting to read the book more because of the effects towards the mood that sets the atmosphere.
Words that set the mood
An Example of a Spooky Atmosphere
Words That Show Fear
An example from the story Hansel and Grethel, they are both trapped by the witch in the sweet toothed house, when she traps Hansel inside a cage and waits until he is fattened up so she can eat him up. This gives the reader a suprising look to their faces because the old lady was such a nice woman the day before offering them a lot of food to eat and beds to sleep in until the next day when she did that. This catches the readers' attention and make them wonder, what would happen to both of them?
Ways that make scary stories are surprises in stories where sudden things happen with the protagonist. For example when he or she gets frightened, it builds up suspense, but also makes it capture the reader's attention. Perhaps the character might be shaking, or trembling with fear of something shocking to come up.
Pictures of DANGER for the protagonists
If we continuously use appropriate vocabulary, it will create the atmosphere of the gothic. Using the right words maintains the dark-and-stimulated feel that defines the gothic.
An example from the story "The Tell-Tale Heart," it gives good examples of what kind of appropriate vocabulary words to use. For example, in one part of the story it says, "The disease had sharpened my senses? not destroyed? Not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute." The word acute in the sentence above was appropriately well used because of the way the author didn't say sharp, or a different way to say the word. They used a strong vocabulary word to enhance the way the reader would think.
Vocabulary of the Gothic
Synonyms for Creepy
Some ways to make story scaries are by using synonym words. For example, another word for creepy is eerie, or frightening. Authors do this kind of technique a lot to make the stories more descriptive. An example from the story The Tell-Tale Heart, they used words such as foresight, which means to look into the future. The author didn't use "looking into the future," but instead used the word foresighting to enhance the vocabulary. Here are some examples of synonyms for creepy: Scary, ghoulish, freaky, gruesome, dreadful... etc.
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By: Sally Park 8B