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Title: Writing Scary Scenese
Author: Rayne Hall
Date Published: 7/06/12
Are your frightening scenes scary enough? Learn practical tricks to turn up the suspense. Make your readers’ hearts hammer with suspense, their breaths quicken with excitement, and their skins tingle with goosebumps of delicious fright.This book contains practical suggestions how to structure a scary scene, increase the suspense, make the climax more terrifying, make the reader feel the character’s fear. It includes techniques for manipulating the readers’ subconscious and creating powerful emotional effects.Use this book to write a new scene, or to add tension and excitement to a draft.You will learn tricks of the trade for “black moment” and “climax” scenes, describing monsters and villains, writing harrowing captivity sections and breathtaking escapes, as well as how to make sure that your hero doesn’t come across as a wimp… and much more.This book is recommended for writers of all genres, especially thriller, horror, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.



1. Flavours of Fear

2. Instant Hooks

3. What Lurks Behind That Door?

4. Dark and Dangerous

5. Sounds Build Suspense

6. Total Isolation

7. Strip to Tease

8. Keep the Clock Ticking

9. Feel the Fear

10. Pacing

11. Euphonics

12. Peaks and Troughs

13. Structuring a Scary Scene

14. Choosing the Location

15. Using the Senses

16. Cliffhangers

17. Villains and Monsters

18. Captivity

19. Chases and Escapes

20. Violence And Gore

21. Humour

22. Backloading

23. The Story’s First and Final Scenes

24. Black Moment And Climax Scenes

25. Genres

26. The Wimp Effect

Sample Story: Druid Stones

Sample Story: Through The Tunnel

Sample Story: Only A Fool

Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall has published more than forty books under different pen names with different publishers in different genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Recent books include Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel), Six Historical Tales Vol 1, Six Scary Tales Vol 1, 2 and 3 (mild horror stories),Six Historical Tales (short stories), Six Quirky Tales (humorous fantasy stories), Writing Fight Scenes and Writing Scary Scenes (instructions for authors).

She holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Currently, she edits the Ten Tales series of multi-author short story anthologies: Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic, Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies and more. 


Twitter: @raynehall

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I write romance novel. I decided to review this book when asked for a free, unbiased opinion to say, okay. And I was curious what a book on scary scenes might help, but I loved how she broke down writing concepts in simple matters. If I was a newbie teenager who never read a book on writing, I might feel unsure. However the review on how to keep tension and the layering scenes with tight writing was awesome. If you are a writer, no matter what genre, this book will help you.