Below are various quotes regarding writing and horror.
Unlike fantasy, supernatural fiction and science fiction – terms which describe generic structure – horror is a term which describes an affect. A horror story makes its readers feel horror. – John Clute and John Grant
Horror is not a genre … horror is an emotion. – Douglas E. Winter
The problem is that horror is not a genre, it is an emotion. Horror is not a kind of fiction. It’s a progressive form of fiction that continually evolves to meet the fears and anxieties of its times. – Douglas E. Winter
When you do find it, you’ll define horror the only way it ever really has been defined – by each reader and writer, in an individual way. – Paula Guran
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. – H. P. Lovecraft
You do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe- Johann von Goethe
Last night you were, unhinged. You were like some desperate, howling demon. You frightened me. ..Do it again. – Morticia Adams
I don’t believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots. – Isak Dinesen
Where there is no imagination there is no horror. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
One might say that the true subject of the horror genre is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilization represses and oppresses. – Robin Wood
Writing is like walking out to the parking lot, opening your car door, putting your head inside, and then slamming the door. And you know what? You realize, as you’re doing it, that you have to get up and do the same thing tomorrow. And it’s going to hurt like hell. – John Dahl
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. – Sholem Asch
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. – E. L. Doctorow
If you have one strong idea, you can’t help repeating it and embroidering it. Sometimes I think that authors should write one novel and then be put in a gas chamber. – John P. Marquand
If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. – Toni Morrison
I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. – James Michener
The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say. – Mark Twain
The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend. – Isaac Bashevis Singer
Easy reading is damn hard writing. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster. – Isaac Asimov
Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.
– William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”
Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. – Gene Fowler
A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one. – Baltasar Gracián
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window. – Burton Rascoe
Most editors are failed writers – but so are most writers. – T.S. Eliot
It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. – Sinclair Lewis
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. – Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades, 1947
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. – G.K. Chesterton
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. – Robert Benchley