Before Jigsaw, there was Freddy Krueger (Nightmare On Elm Street ) and Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th ). Before those two were slicing and dicing up teenagers, there was Michael Myers and Leatherface. And long before that, there was Dracula, the Wolfman, Doctor Frankenstein and his monster. And so on into the dark and distant past.
Horror has, among all of the genres in film and written works, one of the longest, most distinguished, and often misunderstood bloodlines in history. It is often overlooked by critics who don’t see anything more than blood and guts on the screen, or a collection of cheap scares. But there is far more to it than that!
Learn the secrets of writing this powerful and enduring story form.
What People Say
“Taking seriously a much-maligned genre, Devin Watson doesn’t just teach the reader, he collaborates with the reader. He walks us through every step of what makes great horror, from its cinematic history to the nature of the beast, and he does so in such an engaging, conversational style that it’s easy to forget he also knows far too many ways to kill a man.”
Robert Grant, SCI-FI LONDON
“Horror Screenwriting just became one of my favorite writing books. Devin Watson deftly explains why creepy is cool and how you can scare people for fun and profit. Fear was never so much fun!”
Paula Berinstein, producer and host, “The Writing Show”
“I’ve always recommended to my film students that the horror genre is one of the best for making a calling card feature film. Devin Watson’s Horror Screenwriting provides the structure, blueprint, tricks, and tips that will make that starter feature ignite on the screen!”
Rob Goald, Film Department, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Devin Watson has been a fan of horror from the ripe old age of eight. He studied
thousands of horror films before diving in to write and produce his own works. His
latest movie, The Cursed, has been released on DVD. Watson is also the producer
and director of the upcoming Sunnyland, a supernatural horror film.