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Quackcast 606 - Scary writing!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Oct. 25, 2022

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How do you write scary scenes for comics? Banes loves horror so he came up with this subject, plus we're coming up to Halloween! Listen to find out what we reckon!
How do YOU write scary scenes though, what are your tips and tricks?

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Ironscarf at 8:32AM, Oct. 26, 2022

Probably just a matter of perspective. I see it more as something that would be scary if you were there, or if it was happening to you. It's not, so it becomes more of a safe space to explore subconscious fears and anxieties. Everyone is different though. I've been surprised in the past by people having a visceral reaction to something unpleasant I'd drawn and I remember having that response myself as a child.

Ozoneocean at 6:56AM, Oct. 26, 2022

I definitely think you can 😁 you can horrify and sicken people, iavw seen that many times, and you can make people scared for the characters - that they might get hurt or injured or something for example.

Ironscarf at 2:57AM, Oct. 26, 2022

I suppose most people would expect that, yes. I don't know how you would go about scaring someone in a comic though. Creepy or unsettling seems like the most you could hope for.

Ozoneocean at 8:58PM, Oct. 25, 2022

Hmm, but you still have to scare though too?

Ironscarf at 11:47AM, Oct. 25, 2022

This might sound unusual, I don't know, but I don't look for a horror film to be scary and find most of those that aspire to that are the most boring. I look for entertaining and creative and that's what I shoot for when writing something horror based.

Ozoneocean at 6:40AM, Oct. 25, 2022

Good point about continuous foreshaddowing - that can also really get you on edge.

marcorossi at 4:21AM, Oct. 25, 2022

I have a chapter in my comic (chapter 4) that is similar in structure to an horror story: the protagonists get lost in some caves that are said to be linked to the underworld and they start hearing the voices of the dead, until... I think the main point of horror is the foreshadowing that buids up to a big plot twist, I don't like traightforward body horror or continuous jumpscares. This is IMHO the reason horror is best for short stories, or for chapters inside a long story, but a long story of continuous foreshadowing would be boring. Also, in my case, I needed to show some dynamics in my characters related to the whole story, so I used the "foreshadowing" part to show these dynamics, I wouldn't know what to do in a self standing horror story, though I suppose showing personal dynamics of the characters during the foreshadowing part would still work.

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