Are you an aspiring screenwriter, but find yourself bogged down by constant binge viewings of films like The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs? Then good news: you can turn your disadvantage into an advantage with the help of a brand-new book that tells you all you need to know about creating a horror film.
Co-authors Marc Blake and Sara Bailey have penned a magnum opus entitled Writing The Horror Movie, which aims to do exactly what it says on the tin. Every little piece of useful advice can be found in this book, from analysing the history of on-screen horror to defining the types of sub-genres to what tropes can usually be found in any scary movie.
In addition, Blake and Bailey have been fortunate enough to gain exclusive interviews with various writers and other film folk who have, at one point in their careers, worked on a horror film. Going into their respective experiences are the likes of Jane Goldman (writer of The Woman in Black), Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (co-writers for Saw 4, 5, 6 and 7), and perhaps most notably Victor Miller, who horror fans may recall as being the writer of the original Friday The 13th movie. Any authors who can get the creator of one of the most iconic horror franchises, as well as its central figure Jason Voorhees, deserves more credit than they themselves can realise.
And so they should, as they seem to have put their utmost into making this book for the casual film lover. Juggling heavy research for the book – just glance over the huge filmography in its appendix, from 13 Ghosts to Zombies of the Stratosphere, and tell yourself they didn’t put any effort into it; go on, we dare you – with their duties as Screenwriting lecturers at Southampton Solent University is never an easy task, but they pulled it off and have come out shining with a witty, knowledgeable book to call their own.
Quite simply, Writing The Horror Movie as written by Marc Blake and Sara Bailey is a must-read for any hardcore horror fans, and definitely worth checking out for many film fans in general. To purchase a copy of your very own, pop in to your local book store or click here to purchase it on Amazon (also available for Kindle).