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Compass Points - Horror Upon Horror: A Step by Step Guide to Writing a Horror Novel Paperback – November 7, 2013
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|In addition to being the commissioning editor for Compass Books, Suzanne Ruthven is also editor of the popular quarterly creative writing magazine, The New Writer (which she produces in partnership with literary agent, and publisher, Merric Davidson). She lives in County Tipperary, Ireland.|
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Horror Upon Horror: A Step By Step Guide to Writing a Horror Novel does exactly what it says on the cover. In six ‘sessions’ the author breaks down each important step in structuring the horror novel: theme, plot (and sub-plot), characterisation, pace, narrative style, bones and padding, together with multi-question exercises at the end of each chapter and references to follow up. As one reader observed: “It’s very interactive with plenty of exercises to help the reader turn the advice into practical experience and as always the style is very reader friendly, clear, well structured and very accessible. It gives a good overview of this huge potential market and breaks down the various sub-categories in a complex genre.”
I’m a great fan of the author’s own horror novel, Whittlewood, which has been going strong for over 10 years and has developed a small cult-following. Horror is a genre that Suzanne Ruthven is perfectly at home in and to quote another reader’s viewpoint: “The opening chapter is replete with quotations and analysis of the history of horror, which was fascinating and I hadn't expected that from a how-to book. This definitely adds another level of interest and authenticity to the work.” Amen.