A Writing Course So Deadly It Comes With a Warning...

Exhume Your Horror Writing Potential and Unlock the Secrets Behind Tales so Terrifying Your Readers Will Beg for Mercy... While They Scream for More!

Plus: Get EXCLUSIVE Insider Tips and Advice from Horror Legends You Won't Find Anywhere Else.

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Dear aspiring horror scribe,

Let's just get something out there first of all, with which I'm sure you'll agree.

Writing horror that really puts the frighteners on folks is hard.

Maybe you've had a go at it in the past – spent hours slaving away over every word, designing shocking sequences and spine-tingling revelations you were sure couldn't fail to unleash the cold sweats...

But then you passed your hot new slice of fear to family and friends, and the 'usual' experience began. All questions and slight praise...

It was... good!

What was your inspiration?

This seems really personal.

So you're scared of spiders, then?

What are you trying to say with this?

Before long, that sly grin of yours is a mask of disappointment – because the truth is...

Your story was about as scary as a dime store Halloween costume.

It's a harsh reality to come to terms with, especially when what you really wanted to hear is...

"I couldn't get to sleep, and I hate you."

A loving hate, naturally (unless you wrote some really horrible stuff!), but it's secretly what we horror misfits want to achieve, isn't it?

You want them to blame you for their sleepless nights – for the creeping dread they feel as they lie awake, wondering if that shadow in the corner really is just a shadow.

Truth be told, that's exactly what fanatical horror readers also want. But giving it to them is no simple task... because to succeed, you need to really get into their heads and under their skin.

And boy have they built up some pretty thick skin over the years.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that maybe writing horror just isn't for you, even when you'd love nothing more than to make a success of it. When, for the umpteenth time, your latest attempt at literary terrorization winds up slightly less unsettling than discovering an old piece of fruit behind the bread basket, well...

It's easy to get discouraged.

Yet just take a look at Stephen King. What does he say about rejection and discouragement?

"By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing."

That's what he did... and for decades he has remained one of the world's most successful and admired authors – an author who, to this very day, still enjoys chart-topping positions and regular film and TV adaptations of his work.

Horror Never Dies

But then again, maybe you just tell yourself it isn't worth the effort. After all, we're constantly being told that horror is dead. That it's out of style. That nobody cares to read that kind of pulpy nonsense anymore.

Yet it doesn't go away, does it?

That's because horror continues to enjoy one of the most enviously dedicated, consistent, and ravenous fan bases you could possibly wish for – ensuring those authors who strike it big with genre readers will never find themselves short of demand.

Horror never dies.

And neither should your will to crack it, if you want to enjoy a shot at this very special kind of niche following.

As a seasoned master of the genre, King knows things that directly empower his words.

He's put in the decades of painstaking work perfecting the angles, techniques, formulas, and sneaky little tricks that let him catch you off guard and plunge you headlong into an inescapable, breathless nightmare.

His contemporaries know these things, too.

And now you can join them – with the help of a brand new online course dedicated to helping you understand the intimate nuts and bolts that put paralyzing terror on the page.

Better yet, it won't take decades to kit you out with the skill to thrill.

Topped up with input by genre stalwarts and legends from around the globe, the course in question is...

Your six steps to horror mastery

Throughout the course of six separate modules, plus a diverse selection of exercises and references, Nightmare Fuel: How to Write Horror That Guarantees Sleepless Nights will walk 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 in fear 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, and Tim Curran, Nightmare Fuel will help you keep your eager victims turning the pages no matter how much punishment you dish out.

That's right. No longer will your attempts at horror be any laughing matter, as the tortured squeal of ancient gates welcomes your arrival into...

Module 1: Fear Warmed Up

In this foundation-setting introductory module, we'll walk you through:

  • Understanding the what, why, and how of fear itself – because if you're going to wield your greatest tool with razor precision, it's best if you understand its nuances.
  • How to quickly and easily find inspiration by turning common fears into aberrant, throat-gripping scenarios.
  • The surprising, and much overlooked, sources you can use to engage your muse and get cracking on new stories quicker than ever. It sure beats staring at the wall!

Module 2: Planning

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:

  • The difference between knowing your story and knowing your plot.
  • Why you should engage your hidden internal architect if you want to make your story more believable to read... and infinitely more easy to write.
  • How to handle the ticking clock, or throw time itself into the darkness – never to be seen again.
  • How to skillfully (and effortlessly) lay figurative "traps" for your reader, without them ever suspecting a thing...

Module 3: Humans and Monsters

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:

  • How to quickly and easily generate wildly different characters, complete with realistic backstory, from your own fears and experiences.
  • The key elements of believable characters your readers will truly get behind – and feel scared as hell for once you put them in danger.
  • Why misunderstanding of handling the "stakes" is one of the biggest failures you can suffer in genre storytelling, and exactly what you should do not just to get it right, but to use them as a tool to wind your reader's anxiety to breaking point.
  • How to bring to life a villain your readers will love to loathe – probably the best effort-to-payoff ratio of any preparatory work you can do.
  • The secrets behind writing fantastical creatures that leap straight from the page and into the reader's room!
  • The simple "Mixtape Method" you can use to conjure unique monsters and lore, even when your creative juices are running low.

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.

Module 4: Horror with Style

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:

  • How different Points of View affect your storytelling, and which kinds are best for an involving, petrifying story readers feel like they can't escape from.
  • Why being a glutton for thrills might actually be your undoing...
  • How to translate the way we naturally interpret the world onto the page, so readers feel like they're truly inside your imaginary domain – and face-to-face with death.
  • The correct way to build mood and atmosphere – and the lazy mistakes most aspiring authors make that leaves their work drenched in cliché.
  • Why you should have your own barf bag ready if you're going to paint the town red with gore...
  • The six core elements of any written fiction that you cannot overlook... unless you want your novel to get savaged by readers and critics alike.

... and more!

Module 5: Writing Nerve-Shredding Scenes

With the foundations set for your overall understanding of horror fiction, 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?

Module 6: Killer Tips and Tricks

Finally, no author's toolbox is complete without a number of easily accessible utilities they can bring into action when and where they need to.

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.

Additional Resources: Scene Autopsies

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:

  • Jerusalem's Lot by Stephen King
  • Afraid by Jack Kilborn
  • Heathen by Shaun Hutson
  • Open Season by Jack Ketchum
  • The Ritual by Adam Nevill (now a major motion picture)

Learn at your own pace, wherever you go

One of the first rules of education is that different people learn best through different means.

That's why, when you purchase Nightmare Fuel: How to Write Horror That Guarantees Sleepless Nights, you'll get all of the primary course materials in multiple formats.

However you best absorb information, and whether you're at home, perched in the office, or out on the go, you'll have ideal access to your entire course whenever you may want it.

Printable PDF documents for every module and worksheet, plus complete and unabridged video and audio editions of the key course modules are instantly yours.

It's the horror course of your dreams nightmares!

Why train with AutoCrit?

Whether you’ve been at it for years or just waiting for the right moment to take your storytelling seriously and begin breaking through, AutoCrit is here to help make your writing career smoother and more rewarding than ever.

As the provider of the world's most advanced online self-editing tool for fiction authors, we pride ourselves on both our product and our standing within the community.

Favored by thousands of authors across the globe, the AutoCrit software platform provides access to our one-of-a-kind Standout Fiction Algorithm – a system built using carefully deconstructed data from millions of successful books across multiple genres.

The result is an easy-to-use tool that slashes your manuscript editing time in half – and lets you compare the results with the editing standards of best-selling novels in your chosen genre.

Simply put: we know what makes successful fiction tick.

Crystal King

“There are other tools out there that are great for catching typos and general grammar errors – but when it comes to a deep dive into really fixing a novel, AutoCrit is the best I’ve found.”

Crystal King Author, Feast of Sorrow

Beyond the AutoCrit software, our "members only" AutoCrit Elite program offers authors ongoing access to a vast repository of writing-related courses and resources created by MFA-accredited writers and publishing industry insiders.

It's through our dedication to the fiction writing community, the contacts we make and the relationships we enjoy as a result, that we are able to bring you only the best in editing support and author education.

And speaking of contacts, there are a few you'll want to hear about when it comes to your EXCLUSIVE free Nightmare Fuel buyer's bonus...

Exclusive Bonus:
Prepare to face The Fearsome Five!

Purchase Nightmare Fuel today, and you'll also receive a free bonus copy of our exclusive supplement: The Fearsome Five.

Featuring all-new custom articles and insights from five of horror's signature voices, legendary and new, this unique report is strictly for your eyes only as a student of Nightmare Fuel.

Join genre heavyweights Tim Curran, Greig Beck, and Scott Nicholson, plus supreme horror masters Ramsey Campbell and Graham Masterton, as they walk you through their own personal tips and perspectives on bringing fear to life on the page.

Nowhere else will you gain access to this rare collection of knowledge.

In addition, The Fearsome Five also includes a never-before-seen sneak peek at Graham Masterton's upcoming 2018 novel, Ghost Virus!

WARNING: Before you proceed...

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. Please be sure you are 100% confident that you want to become a powerful horror author. By purchasing this course, you agree that AutoCrit, including staff and subsidiaries, cannot be held responsible for any emotional or physical distress suffered as a result.

But you won't have to go it alone...

As a student of Nightmare Fuel, you won't be investigating these dark corners all by yourself.

Included with your purchase is unlimited access to our private and moderated, members-only forum, where you can:

  • Discuss the course content.
  • Mingle with like-minded writers and start your own horror-centric topics.
  • Share work samples.
  • Give and receive reading recommendations.
  • Post your work for peer review, and get knowledgable, honest feedback.
  • Anything else you want to talk about in the world of horror!

Instructions for accessing the forum, signing up, and getting started are all waiting for you alongside the course materials.

Six riveting modules... five esteemed guests...
one fearsome package

Jump in now and you'll receive immediate access to all course materials, including:

  • Specially Prepared PDF Modules
  • Absorbing Video Modules
  • On-the-Go Audio Modules
  • Easy to Follow Worksheets – including the Character Creator, Creature Creator, Scary Scene Planner, Fear Investigation Questionnaire, and more...
  • 66 Killer Writing Prompts
  • Specially selected Scene Autopsies
  • Access to your private, members-only discussion forum
  • Exclusive Supplement: The Fearsome Five – free with every purchase, featuring brand-new advice from horror legends you won't find anywhere else.

All for just one single payment of $179.

Worry your readers, not yourself

Nightmare Fuel: How to Write Horror That Guarantees Sleepless Nights is our biggest and best standalone genre course so far. We think it's scary good.

But if you don't believe that any of the materials have 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 30 days of purchase and we’ll give you a full refund. It's as simple as that. You'll even get to keep the materials you've downloaded, including our exclusive supplement, The Fearsome Five.

So don't be anxious. Save that for the readers you'll terrorize with your newfound aptitude for all things horror!

All killer, no filler: Your future in fear awaits

Attending an in-person course that provides the same wealth of instruction and activities you can find inside Nightmare Fuel could cost you upwards of $397 depending on where you go – but we're asking nowhere near that kind of investment today.

And with PDF, video, and audio editions of this course all included in a single purchase, 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 forum restricted to course members, you'll still have the personal interaction of attending a physical event readily available whenever you need it.

Take this chance on yourself and your writing, and we'll even back you up with our iron-clad money back guarantee. 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.

Click the Add to Cart button below and get started now.

Keep it scary,

Jocelyn and Kevin

P.S. Order now and you'll also receive access to our exclusive supplement, The Fearsome Five, featuring brand new tips and advice from horror legends including Graham Masterton and Ramsey Campbell! And once you've gotten familiar with the course materials, be sure to pop into the forum and introduce yourself. We can't wait for you to join us.

NOTE: Nightmare Fuel is a standalone course. You do not need to be an existing AutoCrit member to enjoy everything inside.

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