Friday, 24 June 2011

Being an Author: Thriller/Chiller/Horror

So I looked in the dictionary (Yeah, I can read).

Thriller: an exciting, suspenseful play or story, especially a mystery story.

Chiller: a device for cooling or refrigerating.
No wait. That's not right.
Chiller: a frightening or suspenseful story or film; melodrama.

Horror: Hold on. Horror's not the same. Each of the definitions of Thriller and Chiller are nouns from dictionary.com. Horror is different. If you look at it, dictionary.com doesn't link horror to stories, films, writing, refrigerators, or any of the above. The noun definition is: an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear.

So are you telling me that horror isn't a genre? Yeah. That's what I'm telling you. It's a feeling. (I've got a sense of Deja vu. I'm sure I've written that before - or maybe that's just the drugs?)

So you want to tout your wares? What do you tout them as?

It's easy:


Thriller: Ask yourself this; is it a straight up whodunnit? Are deaths played out through motive? Do the deaths happen 'off screen'? Yes? It's a thriller.






Chiller: Is it a whodunnit? Did who didit die before they dunnit? Is it a thiller with dead people init? (This is giving me a headache). So yeah, go Chiller with this one.






Horror: Does anyone get anything ripped off? Is your intent to scare/revile/disgust the reader? Okay. It's horror.



So you're asking yourself does it matter? The is obviously Hell Yes!
I've had the rejections:

  • It doesn't fit.
  • It's not for us.
  • It's not really what we're looking for. 

Okay, they could mean exactly what they say, or, they could mean... We're putting together an Philip Marlowe type assemble of shorts and you sent over The Case of the Werewolf Demon and the Blood Splat from Uranus.

'Til next time.

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