I just finished a story yesterday, 25 hours shy of the deadline for submitting it for consideration for the 2003 X-files fanfic awards. I think it has a decent shot for the humor award (if only because I haven’t noticed too many entries that would be competition for that category, lol) but it took me so long to complete it because I wanted to make the last third of the story scary as well.
However, since as I’ve moaned about before, I don’t actually find horror novels (or many horror movies) to be scary, so having so little to draw upon as to what “works” I found it a bit hard to deliberately write something meant to scare. Accidentally is easier, since one of my other entries has parts I was told by readers were really frightening- and I didn’t even expect them to be
I love my regular readers dearly, but I don’t think they’ll be honest. Could you give me an honest assessment of whether or not you think I hit the mark at all?
Let’s say you rank it on a scale of one to ten. One being as scary as kittens to a non-cat phobic person and ten being sitting on the edge of your seat/jumping at strange noises as you read scary.
The link to the story is here http://www.spookys2003.ditb.org/archive/4/godstop.shtml
Things you might want to know about said story:
- It’s an X-files fan fic
- It’s a MarySue (as part of a challenge to see if deliberately writing them could yield better results than typical of the “genre”. It seemed to be the case)
- It’s approximately 20,000 words
- No imaginary spouses, children or pets were harmed in the making of the fic.
- Where it says “swatch” it should say “speak” (don’t ask)
If you aren’t familar with #1 and/or #2, just think of it as a short story in first person POV about a narrator being pestered by a pair of FBI agents. Knowing much about fics, The X-files or MarySues is completely unnecessary to understand the story, because as you’ll see, the narrator has no clue what the X-Files are either :dubious:
Anyway, I’d love to get outsiders’ views of how scary/spooky/creepy the end is to you as a reader. If I were personally rating it from one to ten, I’d probably give it a 3 or 4 but I’m biased and clueless, so…
Really, I personally consider ** The Ring** and Jumanji to be equally scary (which is to say not terribly) so my ablity to judge how others would rate something’s scariness is probably not great!