3 Horror Novels That Will Scare You to Death

When it comes to literary horror, there are a lot of different paths that you can take in order to get the most out of the fear created by writers, but it’s sometimes hard to decide which book to read next. In order to help those that are not sure where to venture next, it became important to look into a list of 3 of the scariest books that you can get your hands on for a low cost. The following is a list of the best in horror writing from years past, and can still strike fear into the hearts of even the most jaded of imaginations. Look at the following if you dare, and never stop reading.
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice – The first book seems innocent enough, but the pages are full of terror and fear. Long before shiny vampires took over the landscape of vampirism, Anne Rice was creating a long-standing record of beauty and terror. The book is filled with real life lamentations that would befuddle a person that had to live forever and feed. While the motion picture made this into a more dramatic and polished version, the book still stands as one of the better examples of what you can do with genre fiction.
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson – This best selling novel took the haunted house genre and created something bigger, badder, and something that still creeps people out. Could a house really push someone into the brink of insanity and then bring them back with no recollection? The boundaries of real life terror play victim to the genre here and it truly showcases how far a person will go when psychologically tormented by spirits within a house. The house recently sold and hasn’t been an issue, but that hasn’t stopped people from reading, watching and exploring the original big, bad, haunted house.
The Shining by Stephen King – The master of horror has written one of the most eclectic blends of books in the past but in The Shining he really turns up the volume to 11. Here we get everything from psychotic rampages, to telekinesis, and beyond. You thought the movie was creepy? Wait till you get a hold of this epic in nearly 800 pages of length. You just can’t compare the movie to this solid book, which will give you nightmares if you’re not careful.
The above 3 books are novels that were written long ago and are still gaining new audiences. The main reason why it’s important to explore these titles is to preserve reading as a form of entertainment and learning. Remember, everyone spends years learning how to read and write, so why not continue that tradition for pleasure in your adult years? The above are just a taste of some of the better horror novels you can read and love today.

Writing Your Novel Is The Easy Part

“Michael, are you crazy?”
Maybe. What about it.
Sometimes an idea just comes out of nowhere and won’t leave me alone until I write about it. So, I write about it.
Then what?
Isn’t that enough? Can’t I just write?
No. Time to do the real work now.
Next comes self-editing. Truth be told, that’s really my favorite part. But it is more workmanlike than “the fires of creation.”
What’s my goal as a writer? I want people to still be reading my stuff centuries after I die.
Self-editing matters. Do you want to know why? Because it’s a novel, not a blog. Make it easy to read, easy to understand, easy to enjoy, easy to edit, and easy to publish. And easy to hate, as the case may be. Easy.
Then you have to decide among dozens of publishing options. Big press, small press, hardback, paperback, ebook, traditional print, self-published, print-on-demand, straight to a publisher or through an agent or acting as your own publisher…
Oh, and rejection happens. A lot.
If you involve an editor in this, he’ll teach you how to write better and how to self-edit better. If not, oh well.
Authors don’t pay publishers. Readers pay publishers. Publishers pay authors.
Writing is a calling but publishing is a business.
Writing your novel is looking easier all the time, isn’t it?
I haven’t even mentioned self-promotion after you’re published. Just one more source of aggravation to steal your time and your focus away from writing your next novel.

Magic in Stories For Younger Readers – Part Seven – Magic and Reality

In stories for children, it is the boy or girl who solves the problem, rather than the adult, which children reading the story find it much easier to relate to. Harry Potter is just like his young readers, an ordinary child with admittedly extraordinary powers. Even those of his friends who come from magical families have the same things to deal with at Hogwarts, such as homework, embarrassing parents or annoying siblings, making it more believable and thus rooted in the real world, despite Harry’s enrollment in an exclusive school for wizardry.
Harry even has trouble becoming a wizard and struggles at school with some of his subjects, while his classmate Hermione consistently streams ahead of him. On more than one occasion, Harry curses himself for not having studied the history of the magical world or some other topic more deeply.
In the earlier novels too, Harry is quite simply not good enough to take on more powerful wizards. Much of the strength of the novels is the journey of Harry from the age of eleven to manhood and his complicated learning curve along the way, which is reflected not just in his relationships with his friends and teachers, but also in his growing comprehension of the laws of magic. Although magic is the predominant theme running through these and other novels, the hero still has to overcome his difficulties though his own efforts. Magic should never be used simply as a way to solve all problems and just wish them away.

Should I Write a Novel Now?

Ask yourself the question. The decision is really yours to make. If you procrastinate you have already made a decision to put it off. Be positive. Get out of the place where the majority of people are sitting and do it. Surveys suggest that over 80% of people believe they could write a book but never do. Break the cycle this year! Surprise your friends and family with a new talent.
What will writing bring you? The answer to the question depends on many things. However, should you finally publish your work, you would be proud of an achievement that relatively few people can legitimately claim. You might become a best-selling author with your own television show or you might revel in your own accomplishments. If you think you can do it, get on with it. The best time to start is now!
You might find that you get a penchant for more travel. You need locations for your novels and the more exotic the location, the more interesting your stories will become. Take your camera with you when you travel and take random photographs. Let the richness of your life come through in your writing.
When I travel, I photograph all kinds of places including street signs so that when I write I can accurately describe directions in places that I am not very familiar. People also provide me inspiration when I travel.
My advice is to start writing. I did several years ago. Tired of wasting time watching boring shows on television I sat in front of my computer and started by first novel. (Please note – I do find many interesting shows on television). I chose to write fiction because I could be loose with the facts and let my mind wander. The challenge was to create a credible story line. The first page was easy and then I had a blank so I did something else. The following day, I came up with more ideas and this is how it went until three months later I had written almost 70,000 words.
I choose to write novels that weight less than 500 grams when posted because I sell them online and from internet sites. You might prefer to sell from bookshops. It does not matter at this stage how you are going to market your work. The important thing is to turn your dream into reality.
It only takes a few minutes to start the novel-writing process that can consume your spare time for years to come.
Consider the other benefits which could include a residual income. A few minutes of thinking might give you the impetus that you need to become the best writer that you can be!