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What Scares You the Least?:

 1 cutewithoutthe, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 1:26:51 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
What comes off as Narm ? What is your limit on blood and gore?

Note: NOT a slowcone.

 2 Loni Jay, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 2:35:20 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anatomically or scientifically wrong stuff, if it's obvious.
Be not afraid...
I need a drink
Copious, straight up gore. That and tings just popping out at you. That's not horrific, thats just a kid going boo for a quick laugh.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
 4 drunkscriblerian, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 6:56:07 PM from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
Monsters being revealed. Once we see the monster, its an action movie.
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 5 Major Tom, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 6:57:42 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
The Cat Scare.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
It's easy, mmkay?
I agree with ds, with some select exceptions (and the excuse better be REALLY good):

  • The monster looks REALLY freaky
  • We don't see it for very long (like it it just flashes by for a few frames)
  • If it's towards the end
  • If the monster just killed someone
  • If it's not the main monster in the movie
At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
 7 Loni Jay, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 7:06:01 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Less is definitely more when it comes to monsters and violence. A brief sentence of description in which you vaguely outline some things is far scarier than paragraphs of loving description.

For example, did anyone ever read Hexwood by Dianna Wynne Jones? As a child, there was this flashback scene that really haunted me for years. The villain is just described as going to the sink to wash blood of his hands, and what he'd actually done was very carefully skirted around.
Be not afraid...
 8 Tidal Wave 17, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 7:27:49 PM Relationship Status: Singularity
The victim just stands there screaming instead of running when the monster/seriel killer shows up.

If you don't try to at least crawl away, you get no pity from me.
It's easy, mmkay?
Does it count if the victim just stands there screaming after the killer/monster has grabbed/restrained them?
At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
 10 Tidal Wave 17, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 7:45:06 PM Relationship Status: Singularity
No, though they could still try to fight them off, even if they are being restrained. "Fight until the end, " they say.

I'm talking about those countless horror movies that have a victim just stand there while the killer is about ten feet away, just screaming until he gets close enough to kill them.
It's easy, mmkay?
What about situations where the killer/monster appears, and though there's no evidence that they're the killer/monster, it's quite obvious that they're not mundane, but the person doesn't run away or look for more information?
At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
 12 Jackerel, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 8:02:37 PM from ur sentry
SURPRISE
Endless gore and slasher smiles.
 13 Dr Furball, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 8:31:02 PM from All Along the Watchtower Relationship Status: Dancing with myself
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 14 Jackerel, Thu, 3rd Mar '11 8:35:38 PM from ur sentry
SURPRISE
^ oh god
Destroyer of Worlds
Am I the ONLY person who isn't scared by monsters/gore that aren't shown? Honestly, if I don't see it, I don't care about it. Hence why Paranormal Activity failed for me. (Well...that's one of MANY reasons.)

Also, a lot of the stuff on the High Octane Nightmare pages don't even affect me, but I see people screaming their heads off at mundane things. Weirds me out.

 16 Bobby G, Mon, 7th Mar '11 1:35:31 PM from the Silvery Tay
Element of love
I tough this was a snow clone...
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis
 18 cutewithoutthe, Mon, 7th Mar '11 6:31:03 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
Tough? Ha.

I like the trope Nothing Is Scarier, mehself.

 19 Wheezy, Mon, 7th Mar '11 6:36:05 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
@ P Down: Would you please stop looking for loopholes?

And I agree with "victims who freeze up in terror."

That enters direct Dethroning Moment of Suck territory when the victim is HOLDING A FUCKING GUN (or sword, magic staff, whatever), but refuses to shoot due to some kind of plot-convenient anxiety disorder, a la Monster or Gantz.

However, the opposite is also true. When your protagonist is a Bad Ass Bruce Campbell-type/Action Girl who mows through monsters like a human Vulcan gun, what you're writing is pretty much the opposite of horror - it's just a campy action-comedy with gore.

Finding the right balance can be very hard.

Also, I love "creepy music" - I find it really good for ambience, especially when I'm in the mood to write something weird - but I find it impossible to be scared by sound coming from speakers alone.

edited 7th Mar '11 6:46:38 PM by Wheezy

 20 doorhandle, Mon, 7th Mar '11 9:59:11 PM from Space Australia!
I wish I was that lucky.

as for what dosn't scare me, i'm not really sure, but if a hero is going all gung-ho on the beasties it's correct to assume it isn't horror.

Unless it's dead space. But that's horrible becuase it's freudrian.

I found The Sandman on the whole to not be terribly scary, but often gory. On the other hand, Mr Punch was terrifying.

I think that if you're working with still images and text, you lose a lot in surprise, so you have to be especially good at writing for the imagination compared to books, movies, etc.

edited 7th Mar '11 11:53:57 PM by newtonthenewt

 22 Stolen By Faeries, Thu, 10th Mar '11 2:21:56 AM from a sea of discontent.
Entrap me, Entrall me.
Heavy breathing and loud heartbeats.

They don't add suspence, they just annoy me.

The only reason your breathing should be that loud is if you're asthmatic and/or running!
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 23 cutewithoutthe, Thu, 10th Mar '11 2:24:15 AM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
heavy breathing and loud heartbeats?

I thought that's what nerds only do. /:

-jking

waiiiit...

I'm asthmatic!! >:(

edited 10th Mar '11 2:24:45 AM by cutewithoutthe

 24 JHM, Thu, 10th Mar '11 2:33:06 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
Never show the monster. You're not supposed to give the audience the satisfaction of having a clear image to comfort them in knowing that it isn't real. Failing this, don't be direct or obvious; the subliminal and vague are much spookier.
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