On Horror

We discuss horror films with help from two aficionados – filmmakers Phillip Chernyak and Chris Shields. What makes horror tick? When is it effective or ineffective? How should a writer approach the genre?

Mentioned in the episode:

Chris Shield’s Horror Podcast – The Brood
The Conjuring
The Fly (1986)
Nightmare on Elm Street.
The Cabin in the Woods
Rosemary’s Baby
Charlie White: a 3 minute horror film James created for a contest
From This is the End, what it might be like in heaven.
The Blob

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More about this show, for new listeners:

In The Narrative Breakdown, Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, etc. Each episode, Cheryl and James draw upon their respective experiences in publishing and filmmaking to analyze popular novels, movies, plays, television shows, short stories, and song lyrics. Featuring various co-hosts and writers, as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ iPhone / iPad app ‘The Storyometer.’



2 Responses to “On Horror”

  1. Gioia Misteriosa October 30, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    On the same note of horror, yet different minded (deserving of it’s own episode, hint-hint***) is MYSTERY. How can one make their work more mysterious (especially when attempting to write a great mystery) and what are some ways as an author, screenwriter, etc. that one can avoid sabotaging that thrill and suspense? When does that moment of “Oh I wonder what’s going to happen next” turn to”Oh, bummer, I was suspecting as much!” How does one go about putting together the puzzle while crafting their story if some of the pieces are missing? Plotting tips or tricks? Differing viewpoints on what makes great mysteries great?

    P.S. Accolades for such an insightful and nifty blog!

  2. elizabeth November 2, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Loved this episode. It really got my brain turning with ideas.

    Have you guys considered making a podcast focused at the NaNoWriMo people out there?

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