Six things that terrify me as an adult, part 2

    How can writers work their adult fears into stories to help craft authentic horror narratives? (Continued from Part 1.) 4. Fundamentalism   It’s a disappointingly popular opinion that fundamentalism is the sole property of certain religions, so let’s knock that idea on the head right now. Fundamentalism is not equivalent to religion. Rather, […]

Six things that terrify me as an adult, part 1

    How can writers work their adult fears into stories to help craft authentic horror narratives?   If we follow on from the maxim ‘write what you know’ and you’re going to write horror stories, then you should write about things that scare you. Makes sense, right?   However, as I work on a […]

Five things I learned from my favourite horror films, part 2

    As writers, which successful elements from other horror narratives can we recognise and incorporate into our own works of fiction? (Continued from Part 1.)   Most of these are fairly old, but let’s issue a spoiler alert anyway. #3 The setting can be as important as any character   Killer Horizon (2008), recut […]

Five things I learned from my favourite horror films, part 1

    As writers, which successful elements from other horror narratives can we recognise and incorporate into our own works of fiction?   The theme of horror that I’ve covered over the past couple of articles continues, mainly because I’m neck deep in a young adult manuscript which features a couple of paranormal sequences. As […]

Five things that terrified me as a child

    I was working on two writing projects in the genre of children’s/young adult horror when I thought: what were the things which terrified me as a child?   #5: The dark Nyctophobia, or a fear of the dark, might be single biggest fear afflicting children. I would argue that it transcends the confines […]

30 ways to win first year university or freshman college year, part 2

    (Continued from part 1.)   Note to overseas readers: what we call ‘first year’ is known by various names around the world like ‘freshman’ and ‘fresher’ year. When I say ‘lectures’, I mean a big hall filled with people who have minimal or no interaction with the lecturer. A ‘tutorial’ or ‘tute’ is […]

30 ways to win first year university or freshman college year, part 1

    I spent seven years on three campuses collecting four qualifications (I kinda got hooked on the whole process), and a couple of years ago someone asked me what I wished I’d known when I started. This is a version of the list I wrote for them, updated for my little sister, who is […]