Short Horror Stories

Are you looking for inspiring  short stories to jump start your story-writing?

'Haunted Australia' by John Heffernan - Firstly, let us begin by pointing out that these stories are set in Australia, so this provides a context to which students can relate. Students can use these places as asetting for their story. For example, Mansions of Mystery, p12 can be used as a springboard for the setting and then students can develop a plot outline and characters.

Another idea is to read with students 'Haunted Hooves' (p60-61). this provides students with an excellent example of how to create an atmosphere filled with tension and it can also be used to show them how to write by tapping into the five senses.

An important part of writing an effective horror story is to make sure that you have a twist. it is important for writers to be able to engage their readers by not "telling too much too soon". An simple example of this is in 'Barracks of the Dead' (p46-47).

'Haunted Australia' has very short and easily accessible stories which can provide inspiration for students.

For something different have alook at Anthony Horrowitz 'Horror'

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write your own Chillers: create your own spine-tingling  stories and terrifying tales

Full of jumpstarting ideas like

Location:  808.06 COR (non-fiction section)

This book covers the following chapters -Thinking about Chillers, Starting your own story, how to hypnotise your readers, kickstart your writing and polishing your tale. Story writing.

Write your own Thrillers: Create your own heart-stopping stories and nail-biting tales by Pie Corbett

This book covers the following chapters -Thinking about Thrillers, Starting your own story, how to hypnotise your readers, kickstart your writing and polishing your tale. Story writing.

Location:  808.06 COR (non-fiction section)

Ghost: dare or danger by Sue Graves

A 20 page easy read short story

 

 

 

Short and Scary

This book has short stories and poetry, which illustrates how to structure a shorter piece of writing that is still powerful and effective. It is great for showing students that you should not tell too much of your story too soon.

in particular, page 38, 'The Lane' is a great example of how to create atmosphere and build tension. The writer

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