@ 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
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