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How do you write a scary story?

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The most important thing to remember about writing a scary story is that it needs to have suspense and a spooky mood.

Suspense is the term we use for interesting things that happen in a story that make you want to read more.  When a story has suspense, the reader is interested throughout.  You can create suspense in some key ways.

First of all, foreshadowing is a very useful tool to create suspense.  Consider this quote from Poe’s scary story “The Tell-tale Heart.”

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. (see first link)

This one line creates all kinds of interest. ...

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