Mystery, Horror, Suspense

It’s the Halloween season and C. S. Boyack shares tips about writing mystery, suspense and horror today on Story Empire.

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Hi, gang! Craig here again, and it’s about that time. October is my favorite month of the year, and the Halloween vibe is a big part of that. When it comes to stories, there are three genres that seem to get the most attention here:

• Mystery

• Horror

• Suspense

Let’s tackle them in order. Mystery involves revealing a story that has already happened, e.g. who killed the fashion model? Sure, the timeline will converge, and the main character will face his/her own deadly threat later on. It’s the solving of something unknown that makes it a mystery.

Horror puts the reader into the room when it happens. The reader gets to see, hear, smell, taste, etc all of the terrible things that are happening to the victim.

Suspense involves something that will, or might, happen later on. The reader knows all about it, but the hero has to…

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