11.Bonus-02: Horrifying the Children, with Darren Shan

Darren Shan, whose name you might know from Cirque du Freak (or any of fifty other books,) joined Howard, and Dan, and Steve Diamond at the World Horror Convention for a discussion about writing horror for children and young adults. We talk about which lines his publishers didn’t want him to cross, how he first became drawn to the horror genre, and then we dig into how the “safe scare” of horror can be constructed.

Credits: This episode was mastered by Alex Jackson, and was made possible by the generous support of the GenCon Indy Writer’s Symposium, and the Writing Excuses patrons at Patreon.


Think back to your own childhood, and write up one of your young fears into a story.

The Thin Executioner, by Darren Shan

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  1. Did you feel a ghostly cold breath on the back of your neck? Is that a shiver running down your spine? Would you like to see the inside of a coffin, while the vampire is out and about?

    Howard, Dan, and Steve Diamond got together with Darren Shan to talk horror! How to scare children, and why it’s a good idea to give them a proper horror now and then. They also talk about just how Darren grows those horrific ideas (no, he does not have a greenhouse with monstrous blooms, although…) and the way he juggles books and series. So, if you want to read about it, turn out the lights, pull your blanket over your head, and go over to the archives or over here


    And enjoy your own roller coaster ride in the Sahara!

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