Top 10 IN Resources: Halloween Writer’s thoughts turn to lucrative horror stories
By Sarah E. White
Well, it’s October, everyone, the time when children's thoughts turn to Halloween and writer’s thoughts turn to horror stories. Why not check out these resources and try your own hand at a scary story this holiday season? Here are the top sites for horror writers, in no particular order:
Another Realm http://anotherealm.com/modules/zmagazine/ Probably one of the best places to get your horror stories read and reviewed is Another Realm. Besides being a place where you can read a lot of great stories, you can also submit stories (full-length, flash or themed) for possible publication on the site. Full-length story authors even get paid!
House of Pain http://www.house-of-pain.com/ A now-defunct but still live site offering fiction, art, interviews, reviews, and links. A good site to visit when you’re looking for a good read or some inspiration from other writers. While there is no new material on the site right now, there’s still lots of good stuff to read.
Demon Minds http://www.demonminds.com/index.htm Offering what it calls an alternative to “fluffy” Hollywood horror, this site is not for the feeble-hearted. For the strong, it offers written horror, art, interviews, a forum where you cantalk about your favorite horror stuff, even a contest. And you can submit your work for publication on the site.
The Horror Screenwriters Page http://www.trenton.edu/~beres/horror.htm For everyone who aspires to write horror screenplays, this site offers how-to information as well as tips on contests, links about horror movies, general writing and screenwriting tips and links to other sites with a passion for horror. Check out “So you want to write a horror screenplay?” for some funny (and sage) advice.
Dark Echo http://www.darkecho.com/darkecho/index.html A great source for all sorts of information about horror writing, Dark Echo features articles, reviews,interviews and more. Articles range from reading lists to histories, meditations on serial killers and the meaning of horror, and a good collection of articles about sex in the horror genre. A great general site.
Horror Writers Association http://www.horror.org/ The Horror Writers Association was founded in the late 1980s and now boasts more than 1,000 members. Its site offers excerpts and information about members’ books, a reading list, information on contests and a members only section. Check out the writing tips section for articles from members and links to general writing sites.
Art of Writing http://www.webcom.com/wordings/artofwrite/scifilinks.html Horror is often lumped in with science fiction and fantasy when writers talk about genre, and this site at the Art of Writing does that. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing, because so many topics overlap in these worlds. Here you will find a good collection of links to publications, resources, markets and more.
Critters Workshop http://www.critters.org/ If you want to get your sci-fi, fantasy or horror work critiqued, there’s no better place than the Critters Workshop. These people know and love those genres, and also provide information on markets, links to articles, contests, interviews and much more. If you want to learn to critique, this is the place to visit.
Deep Outside http://www.clocktowerfiction.com/ An online-only journal of science fiction, fantasy and horror, where you can learn about contests and awards as well as submit your work for publication. The site not only features lots of great stuff to read, it’s also a paying market, so check it out, read the guidelines and write something for them, why don’t you?
SpecFicWorld http://www.specficworld.com/ While this site’s title tells you it is mostly focused on speculative fiction, there’s also information here for writers of horror stories. The site offers news, a directory of small presses and publications, information on conventions and new book releases, plus a portal full of resources for writers and readers alike.