So you don’t write horror, huh? Well, too bad! Pick this book up anyway! On Writing Horror is a collection of essays by dozens of premiere horror authors, including Stephen King, Tom Piccirilli, Jack Ketchum, Douglas E. Winter and many more.
This book will appeal to horror authors, especially, so why should you check this out if you don’t write horror? Simple: Most of the essays in this book can be applied across most, if not all, genres. The general principles are similar.
There’s a fantastic essay on character creation by Tina Jens called "Such Horrible People." You’ll find a lot of suggestions that you don’t see in every other book on character. There’s also a good piece on writing actions scenes in horror by Jay R. Bonansinga which can be applied to other genres. You’ll also find essays on marketing, plotting, and publishing in general.
An absolute MUST for aspiring horror writers. Other writers can also benefit from a number of essays in this collection, so a library-check-out is definitely worth it!