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Nightmare Fuel: How to Write Horror That Guarantees Sleepless Nights contains content and exercises that may not be suitable for those of a nervous or sensitive disposition.
Writing the most effective kinds of horror can often involve trips to deep, dark places within yourself. Exercises recommended as part of this course involve introspective fear analyses that may prove traumatic for some individuals.
Horror is often a cathartic creative endeavor, but we do want to be fair and safe with you. This is not designed to be therapeutic.
Please be sure you are 100% confident that you want to become a powerful horror author. By registering for this course, you agree that AutoCrit, including its staff and contributors, cannot be held responsible for any emotional or physical distress suffered as a result.
Just like a virtual writing group, we all work together to develop ideas, explore themes, and elevate skills. Interaction is key and you should understand that engaging with the course, through assignments and discussion, is a necessary part of the process.
“I went from entering the class with no idea what to write, to leaving the class with a full 8-page novel outline. I got a lot more out of this class than I expected.”
THE HORROR WRITING COURSE WITH BITE
Throughout six separate modules, plus a diverse selection of exercises and references, Nightmare Fuel: How to Write Horror That Guarantees Sleepless Nights will take you through the tried and true principles behind any successful terrifying tale.
From foundational practices to specific, scene-based methods, you’ll learn how to find inspiration and lay down the building blocks for your stories – plus when and how to deploy your cunning ambushes like a seasoned pro.
Featuring stimulating quotes from genre luminaries, handy example text, and real-world illustrations from celebrated authors such as Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Stephen King and Adam Nevill, Nightmare Fuel will help you keep your eager victims turning the pages no matter how much punishment you dish out.
Join our resident horror expert, Gareth – a genre journalist, writer and critic with over a decade of experience working with all things horror across the worlds of publishing, film, and games – for additional LIVE classes and Q&A sessions.
And that’s not to mention the private Nightmare Fuel forums: a members-only online space where you can attend live events with guest authors and more. Recent guests include Jo Kaplan, Lee Murray, Gary McMahon, and Thana Niveau. Have a favorite author you’d like to grill for a few tips? Just let us know and we’ll invite them along!
Bring your notebook – but don’t worry if you miss a live session. All recordings will be provided so you can download and catch up on the gruesome goods.
(Live Class Monday, May 24th at 6pm EST)
In this foundation-setting introductory module, we’ll walk you through:
(Live Class Friday, May 28th at 6pm EST)
Planning can be a contentious issue for authors, which is why this second module probably isn’t what you think…
Here, you’ll get a thorough understanding of
(Live Class Wednesday, June 2nd at 6pm EST)
Little is more important to the success of a horror story than the quality of its characters. In this module, you’ll undertake a complete exploration of:
Backed up with pre-made custom worksheets, this module will turn all of your character- and creature-building duties into a straightforward, resistance-free process.
(Live Class Monday, June 7th at 6pm EST)
No horror story is complete without a defined style – and while style can be a personal tool, specific to any given author, there are key concerns you should be aware of.
In this module, you’ll discover:
(Live Class Friday, June 11th at 6pm EST)
In this module we take things closer… and lay bare the building blocks for a truly terrifying scene!
Whether you’re planning to write a story that’s 100% horror, or just looking to add a few isolated moments of shock and fear to your adventure, sci-fi, or fantasy tale, this is the module for you.
Backed up by our custom Scene Planner worksheet, the nine crucial choices laid bare in this module will make conjuring your future scary scenes as simple as 1-2-3 (4-5-6-7-8-9)…
Here’s a brief hint of something you’ll need to think about:
Are you frightened by what you’ve created?
(Live Class Monday, June 14th at 6pm EST)
Finally, no author’s toolbox is complete without a number of easily accessible utilities they can take into the action when and where the need arises.
In this last module, we round off with a series of tips and techniques that will add that final knockout punch to your prose – completing your transformation from a writer who struggled to frighten a skittish rodent, to an uncompromising architect of thrills, chills, and kills.
At last, you’ll be an author that horror fans know is guaranteed to deliver the sleepless nights they crave!
To get you started with your ghastly new skills, we’ve even included an expanded set of 66 exclusive writing prompts – so you can flex those macabre muscles right away.
In addition to the examples contained within the core modules, you’ll further contextualize core teachings of the Nightmare Fuel course as we guide you, scalpel in hand, through dissection of selected scenes from works including:
Develop stronger insight into the storytelling techniques and psychological triggers at play within works from some of the most effective horror authors in the business – so you know exactly how and when to deploy them yourself.
As part of the Nightmare Fuel horror writing course, you’ll also receive a free bonus copy of our exclusive supplement, The Fearsome Five.
Created exclusively to complement your course, this unique collection of thoughtful tips and professional perspective includes original writing and ideas from genre heavyweights including:
Nowhere else will you gain access to this rare collection of knowledge – and it’s strictly for your eyes only.
Also included in your Nightmare Fuel course access is a ticket to our exclusive live streaming event with author, editor and publisher Geoff Brown of Australia’s Cohesion Press.
Most widely known for the bestselling SNAFU anthology series, which saw multiple stories picked up for adaptation in Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots by Hollywood producers David Fincher and Tim Miller, Geoff will be joining us for a live interview including open floor Q&A with attendees.
This is your chance to have your burning questions answered with uncompromising honesty by an established genre publisher and editor.
Don’t miss it!
Activities, guests, and hours of additional content
Alongside the Nightmare Fuel course content and live classes, you’ll also receive access to our members-only community forums throughout the course period.
Chat about all things horror, share your work, engage in creative writing activities with like-minded authors, and more.
Plus, join us for exclusive live events with additional guests from within the horror industry. Get involved, ask your questions, and share a few laughs and cringes with some of the genre’s finest personalities at no extra cost.
Past guests in our live events include:
If you miss an event, don’t worry – recordings are posted for community members, offering hour after hour of horrific expertise for you to slice into right away.
“I got out so much more than I anticipated. This course was great, very educational, and got me out of a writing slump. For that I am very grateful!”
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The 4-week interactive writing course, including live classes, module assignments and peer review opportunity.
Course materials presented in written, audio, and video formats. No matter how you prefer to learn, we’ve got you covered. You can even save all materials to enjoy at a later time once the course has finished.
Easy-to-follow worksheets – including the Character Creator, Creature Creator, Scary Scene Planner, Fear Investigation Questionnaire, and more…
66 killer writing prompts to fire up your imagination.
Specially selected Scene Autopsies.
Exclusive supplement: The Fearsome Five
Live Stream Q&A Access with Publisher Geoff Brown
Full access to AutoCrit’s exclusive Member Community network, where you can enjoy connecting with fellow authors and attending member-exclusive live events throughout the course period.
Full access to AutoCrit Pro, the complete writing and editing platform to help you perfect your wicked new tales, throughout the course period.
Attending an in-person course that provides the same wealth of instruction and activities you can find as part of every Nightmare Fuel class could cost you upwards of $397 depending on where you go – but we’re asking nowhere near that kind of investment today.
Better yet, you won’t even find yourself stuck in a stuffy conference room with a lack of refreshments while you study.
Nor will you be forced to watch the clock as your tutor umms and ahhs their way through course topics. Nightmare Fuel is all killer, no filler – designed to accelerate your progress with ruthless efficiency.
Yet with the inclusion of your own private community restricted to course members, the personal interaction of attending a physical event will be readily available whenever you need it.
Should you run into any problems, we bet you’ll even find our customer support to be frighteningly good.
All you have to do is step inside…
Dive into the darkness within…
And become the literary menace you were always destined to be.
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Worry your readers, not yourself.
Nightmare Fuel: How to Write Horror That Guarantees Sleepless Nights is our biggest standalone genre course so far. We think it’s scary good.
But if you don’t believe that anything you’ve encountered throughout the course has helped make you a better horror author, we’re not going to put you on the rack. Your purchase is an investment in your skills as a writer – so it’s only fair you expect an improvement in your abilities.
If you feel that hasn’t happened, just let us know within 60 days of purchase and we’ll be happy to offer you a full refund. It’s as simple as that.
So don’t be anxious. Save that for the readers you’ll terrorize with your newfound aptitude for all things horror!
The guest speakers alone are worth the price of admission. It’s like a writer’s convention in your home. Well worth the time, effort, and investment.
One of the things I most wanted to improve was the scare factor in intense scenes, really building up that fear. And I thought the class helped with that a ton!
I enjoyed this course very much, and it has helped give me new things to think about when crafting my own work, horror-based or not. Thanks so much for putting it together!
I’ve never felt so welcome and valued in a course before. Both teachers and students were so graceful towards one another from start to finish.