#FallIntoHorror — Writing Horror

As I said yesterday, the blog hop is officially over, but I thought it only fair that I get to share why I like writing horror and how you can too. So, here’s a bonus post for you. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it:


Welcome to Fall Into Horror with Mocha Memoirs Press!

Mocha Memoirs Press is celebrating the new Fall season by showcasing their love of horror and the authors who write it. Please welcome RIE SHERIDAN ROSE as she shares her thoughts on fall and horror.


Writing horror is about exploring the visceral as opposed to the ephemeral. I really enjoy writing fantasy and Steampunk, but writing horror gives you the chance to explore a completely different set of parameters. What lies beneath the conventions of society and humanity–the underbelly of the world. There is something satisfying about looking beneath the expected societal norms–and it is more politically correct to do it on paper. In horror, you can be a serial killer, you can plan a murder, you can be a vampire or a zombie–or kill them if you prefer.

It is a chance to embrace all your darker impulses. The freedom to be as vicious and cruel as you want without actually hurting anyone. And it is a great way to take out your frustrations with life and people without doing something you will regret later.

Since you are speculating in the deepest sense of the word (I hope!) you can explore situations like I do in my story, “Bloody Rain”Âť where one possible solution to the Jack the Ripper mystery is considered that I had personally never seen before–and hope you find interesting if you choose to look into it.

Let me walk you through an example. My story in The Grotesquerie, “House Call”, began from an idea that I had when I overheard a young man in scrubs on his cell phone. I don’t remember what he actually said, but it got my imagination working. Who was on the other end of the line? Why was it important that this young man talk to him/her? What difference would it make to his life if he were rejected by whomever he was talking to?

I decided he was talking to a doctor he wished to work with in a clinic. Okay, what was the next logical thing to know? What did the doctor say?

The doctor rejected him.

What was the next logical step? Because he was on the phone so long, he was late getting back to work and was fired.

His life was going downhill fast.

What would be the result? He sees a news report that the doctor will be opening a free clinic for hurricane victims. He decides to go volunteer to help.

The doctor rejects him again.

And then…

So, the key to writing horror is to take an incident and look at what can happen as a result of that incident–the most twisted, dark, possibly unnatural, but logical conclusion you can think of.

Zombies appear in your neighborhood. What happens next? That is the basis of horror.





Mocha Memoirs Press, LLC is a genre-oriented publishing company. Their vision is to provide an outlet for outstanding speculative and romance stories that often fall beneath the radar of traditional publishing houses. They seek to provide quality stories that invigorate the reader’s literary palette like a good, strong coffee. Like great coffee houses, they offer a variety of flavors. They publish stories in the following genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance, including the sub-genres of steampunk, cyberpunk, diesel punk, alternate history, weird westerns, and mash-ups.


About RieSheridanRose

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2,  and Killing It Softly. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.
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