Working on a horror story? That’s awesome! However, check your originality factor against the overly-used cliches written about in these articles:
- From Horror Factor and William Meikle, here are ten common horror plots to avoid.
- An absolute must-read for horror authors is this excellent list from the Strange Horizons submissions page: Horror Stories We’ve Seen Too Often
- From Cris Freese at Writer’s Digest, here’s: The Horror Genre: On Writing Horror and Avoiding Clichés
- Steve Barton at Dread Central wrote an excellent post that is based on film cliches but is definitely applicable to fiction stereotypes as well: 51 Worst Horror Cliches