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Guest Author: Steve Feasey (Guest Post & Giveaway)

With me here today is Steve Feasey, who’s book Wereling, the first in a new young adult series called Wereling a.k.a. Changeling in the U.K., was released on April 27, 2010.  It will be followed up in February 2011 with Dark Moon.  You can also read an excerpt of Wereling here.

Three lucky commentators have a chance to win a copy of Wereling.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

The Fear

by Steve Feasey

All writing is about invoking an emotion in your reader. In horror, those emotions are apprehension, anxiety, tension and fear. If you can’t invoke these, you’re not really making it as a horror writer. That’s not to say that you only want to stir up these feelings in your reader; you need to drag them, kicking and screaming, through a whole raft of other feelings, but at some point or another, you need to invoke The Fear.

How do you do this? Through your characters.

I don’t plot. I don’t seem to have a brain that is correctly wired to do such a thing, and I tend to fly my bird ‘on instruments only’. I usually know where I’m going: I’ll have an idea of how the book will end, but I don’t really know how it’s going to get there. And neither do my characters. As I start to write a book, I don’t really consider how my protagonist might make it to the ending. I do try to think of as many obstacles as I can to stop them from achieving their goal, but I try not to allow myself to think about how they might overcome these problems. It’s not my journey, it’s theirs, and I like to wait until they’re deep in the mire before offering to help them to extricate themselves from it. And it’s in this way that I hope I can invoke those emotions that make horror fiction work.

Your reader needs to believe in your character. They need to be able to put themselves in the same situation as your protagonist, and imagine what they would do in the same circumstances. If a writer uses his characters as a means to achieve an end – to fit a predetermined plot – the result is all too often banal and clichéd. If I, the writer, don’t know what is going to happen next, hopefully the reader will not be able to second guess, and the tension can be ratcheted up to such a degree that The Fear creeps in and takes a hold.

Good horror is like a well designed roller-coaster ride. You stand at the bottom of the ride, waiting in the queue, and you can see the twists and turns that the designer has had built into the ride. You tell yourself that you know exactly what is coming, but what the hell, you’re going to ride it anyway. After a long wait, you finally get into the car. You pull down the heavy bars that will keep you secured in your seat. Remember, you’ve seen the loops and turns and drops from the outside: you know what’s coming. But your heart starts beating a little faster anyway. The ride starts, and the cars jolt forward suddenly, exiting the loading station to begin the climb. You lean out over the edge a little, and try to look nonchalant to the people still in the queue below. And all the time the loud clank, clank, clank sound of the car being dragged up the incline fills your ears. You reach the top, there’s a moment’s pause, you start to tip forward, gravity takes hold of the car, and you’re off – hurtling downwards at incredible speed, twisting, turning, looping, climbing for a moment, then dropping, twisting and turning suddenly again. The Fear consumes you – you scream and shout and roar.

Good horror gives the reader a glimpse of what’s coming. It builds the tension to a point where there has to be a release, and then it hurtles the reader around, spinning and turning and surprising until the ride stops. Good horror makes you want to ride the ride and let The Fear in.

Author Bio:

Steve Feasey lives with his family in Hertfordshire, UK, where he sometimes hears a strange and unidentifiable howling just after midnight. Wereling is his first venture into teen fiction.

You can visit Steve around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

Three lucky commentators will have a chance to win a copy of Wereling.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What makes horror good for you and do you have a favorite horror book ?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 4th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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32 Responses to “Guest Author: Steve Feasey (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Stacey SmithNo Gravatar
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    What make Horror good for me is that little bit of scare makes your know that your alive.and it makes your blood pump fast.
    +1 Answering Question
    +3 Blogging about this on my myspace blog here is the link
    http://www.myspace.com/sasluvbooks
    I’m a follower of this blog
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  2. Van P.No Gravatar
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    +1 Good horror is when you’re so scared you get goosebumps, need to sleep with the lights on, and the thrill you get from being scared.

    +2 Blog follower and twitter follower @vanpham88

    +3 tweeted: http://twitter.com/vanpham88/status/18500909681

    Thank you for the contest!

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    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Marco MirandaNo Gravatar
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    Good horror makes me close the book to have some deep breaths and calm my racing heart, only to open it again and say “dont go there” but they go anyway.

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  4. KateNo Gravatar
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    +1 Good horror to me is keeping me up at night while/after reading and then the obvious nightmares after I have fallen asleep. I dont have a favorite horror book because I try and stay away from the nightmares so I push the book out of my mind the second I am done, lol.

    +2 follower of blog & twitter (@sithereandread)

    +3 entries for tweeting : http://twitter.com/sithereandread/status/18507680531

    sithereandread (at) gmail (dot) com

    THanks! :)

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  5. Crystal FNo Gravatar
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    +1 Good horror is taking something familiar to me and making it scary, really scary. Two examples of my favorite horror books: It by Stephen King (who can look at a clown the same) and The Store by Bentley Little.

    +2 Follower of blog and on twitter (@cfulcher)

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  6. brandileigh2003No Gravatar
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    Follow here and on twitter

    tweeted: http://twitter.com/brandileigh2003/status/18516713494

    Horror is good when it has a plot and when it has its roots in reality because that is what really gives me the chills

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  7. Teresa WarnerNo Gravatar
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    I enjoy reading Horror because you discover unusual characters and go to places that You normally wouldn’t be able to. My favorite horror is anything by Stephen King!

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  8. LunaMothNo Gravatar
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    good horror to me is one that scares you psychologicly, one that makes you think (being based on a true story dosnt hurt either!)

    +1 i am a follower of your blog (i dont have twitter)
    +3? forevertonowhere.com its on my contest sidebar =)

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  9. FredaNo Gravatar
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    +1 For me, the book has to have a great plot. One that scares the crap out of you. My favorite horror book from this past year was The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer. Not a book that I expected to be scared while reading, but I was. I also loved Afraid by Jack Kilborn.
    +2 Follow blog and Twitter @fredalicious
    +3 tweet; http://twitter.com/fredalicious/status/18523505606

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  10. Tina DudleyNo Gravatar
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    Good horror to me makes me afraid of the dark and jump at little noises in my house as I read. One reason I don’t read a lot of horror because I tend to remember something more if I read it in a book (or becomes more real to me due to you have to supply all of the info in your head). I do love horror movies though a lot and not the gore fests but the true horror movies that make you think and not necessarily show lots of special effects.

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  12. AdelinaNo Gravatar
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    +1 I like to see if I even can get scared. What can really get me is true stories about hauntings and possession.

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  13. Jessi ElliottNo Gravatar
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    +1 I absolutely love it when a horror book makes my scalp start to tingle and my eyes to water. I don’t read it much, so I don’t really have a favorite. But when I take that chance, that’s what I love.

    +2 Blog follower and twitter follower (@elliottreview)

    Linked on the page linked to my sidebar here: http://elliottreview.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/elliottreview/status/18548300337

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  14. Annie McElfreshNo Gravatar
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    +1 When I don’t know what’s coming. That makes a great horror book.
    +2 Blog and twitter follower (Annie_McElfresh)

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  15. LindsayNo Gravatar
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    +1 What makes a good horror story is being able to drag the reader into the story and relate to the characters fear. :) My favorite horror story would have to be Cell by Stephen King.
    +2 I am a follower

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  16. JulieNo Gravatar
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    What makes horror good for you and do you have a favorite horror book ?

    A good suspenseful story makes it horror good. I don’t think I have one favorite.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

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  17. Jenny NNo Gravatar
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    +1 What makes a good horror is one that is not cheesy or predictable, I want to be scared and freaked out and see something suprising happen that I was not expecting at all.

    +2 Follow blog and on Twitter (@Jullysay)

    +3 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Jullysay/status/18650695385

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  18. Elie NNo Gravatar
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    +1 for me good horror is realistic. It makes you afraid to look under the bed or in the closet. It could happen-not something unlikely

    +2 follower
    +3 mentioned in blog post
    http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com/2010/07/ellz-newz_14.html

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  19. kisah j.No Gravatar
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    What makes horror good for me? it’s being able to scare me, because i don’t scare easily!

    i don’t have a favorite horror novel at the moment – but i’m sure that will change soon…..

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

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  20. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    Good horror sucks you in and makes the anticipation of what’s to come more terrifying than the actual event.
    +2 follower
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  21. AllisonNo Gravatar
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    I love horror because it’s nice to get scared once and awhile.

    +2 Twitter fan

    allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    A somewhat scary monster or mysterious boogey man is good. Lots of blood and gore is not!

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).
    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  23. Vidisha SinghNo Gravatar
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    Good horror makes me read the book more…

    +1 entry for answering the question (required).
    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

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  24. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    What makes horror good when you are still thinking about it after and can’t get it out of your head. The best horror is Stephen King the movie It always scared me.
    +1 question
    +2 blog and twitter follower/latishajean
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  25. Andrea BurdetteNo Gravatar
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    What makes horror good for you and do you have a favorite horror book ?

    I actually haven’t read a lot of horror. I think the only books shelved in horror that I’ve read are Laurell K Hamilton and Kim Harrison. I don’t really consider them horror, but Kim Harrison’s The Hollows is one of my favorite series.

    The best horror books are the ones that are really scary. You know… when you jump because of a noise because you’re so tense when reading it.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter. Aine on blog @AineFey on Twitter

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(http://twitter.com/AineFey/status/19438585841).

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  26. kjovusNo Gravatar
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    What makes horror good for you and do you have a favorite horror book ?
    If I have to sleep with my light on. ;) J/K. I like scary with a little bit kisses too. I have been looking forward to reading wereling. Thanks for this blog post – I want to read it even more now.

    I linked your contest to my sidebar on kjovus.blogspot.com

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

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  27. Donna SNo Gravatar
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    What makes horror good is the ability to scare me without being stupid or silly. My favorite is Salems Lot and The Shining and The Stand, by Stephen King. (I can never pick just one favorite)

    I am a blog and twitter follower

    tweet – http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/19790441542

    blog and sidebar – http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2010/07/contest-links-for-728.html

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  28. Rachelle HayesNo Gravatar
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    What makes horror good for me is that aspect that makes sure that you have no idea where this book is going and you’re guessing who is doing what, but you have no idea in all actualality.

    I’m now a follower of this blog and twitter

    I posted info about ur contest on twitter @WulfLuva93

    6pts total
    moc.liamtohnull@39_oero

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  29. BethieNo Gravatar
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    Horror is good for me when it keeps me up at night. I don’t know if I can pick a fav, but I would say anything my Dean Koontz.

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  30. bridget3420No Gravatar
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    Horror movies that are realistic are my favorite. My favorite horror book… I don’t think I have one.

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    Blog follower & Twitter follower

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  32. emily lNo Gravatar
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    I love when it gets the adrenaline going. For me it’s Stephen King’s The Stand.

    Thanks for hosting! I follow on gfc.

    moc.loanull@ecneconnidesusim

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