I hope that everyone has seen at least one movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense. Although to be perfectly honest, he is not the master of suspense, he is a master of storytelling, which is something similar. Suspense is nothing more than good storytelling. It is the action of holding your audience’s […]
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If you ever see feet sticking out of a pile of round objects by the side of the road, come by and say hi. It’s probably me. -BW
Read More What Slows Me Down
Suspense is like a gold nugget: unmistakable, identifiable, and nigh impossible to find or create. Recently I have written on the mechanical manipulations that make a good horror or terror story enjoyable to read. Stories employing terror create fear by assembling a set of circumstances that promote anticipation. I feel that my previous description of […]
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I wear shorts out of necessity, not out of style. Besides, my legs (and the legs of every other male organism on the planet) look ridiculous. Thanks so much for reading. 🙂 -BW
Read More Too Short? Or Not Short Enough?
When my first zit pushed its way up out of my face, I was horrified at its putrid repulsiveness. After that, I was terrified that it would happen again. This is an important distinction when writing a story: especially a thriller that takes you to the boundaries of reason and disbelief. Or if you’re just […]
Read More Am I Terrified or Horrified?
I say this whenever I drive anyone anywhere. And when we break down, too. -BW
Read More Half the Fun
My friend and I were walking and talking the other day, of things mostly inconsequential (world peace, geopolitics, and the price of tea in China) when suddenly the sun went down, abandoning us in the dark in the middle of nowhere with no way to get home except by walking through the chilly air and […]
Read More I Want to Scare Myself
Yes, I know that astronauts didn’t actually drink Tang (TM). Additionally, this is not an endorsement, but it is a funny picture. -BW
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