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How can I make my novel psychologically disturbing?

How can I make my novel psychologically disturbing? Topic: How to write a horror novel
June 17, 2019 / By Marilyn
Question: I am writing a novel that is supposed to be a horror novel. From what I've heard, the scariest novels are the ones that are psychologically disturbing. How exactly can I make my novel psychologically disturbing?
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Kristal Kristal | 1 day ago
1) Try situations that make people feel vulnerable. Isolation (like in misery), or a dead end situation with weather predicaments (like the shining) or imprisonment (like Saw). 2) Also try something that has to do with extreme knowledge or cunning the bad person has about your hero (it is scary to feel you are being watched and somebody know your habits and can foresee your reactions like sleeping enemy or what lies beneath where a husband is all potent due to intimacy). 3) life threatening or worse disability/impairment is a fear/insecurity most people have (the hostel, saw) 4) a deep psychological motive counts to reality (look at the Hand that rocks the cradle) and also note the fear of the wife of being misunderstood and losing the love of her husband (this is valid fear). 5) and of course everything that goes beyond people's understanding is scary (like paranormal Skeleton key, The exorcism of Emily Rose or maddness) Choose what scares you the most! It will be more convincing.
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Kristal Originally Answered: How can I make my novel psychologically disturbing?
1) Try situations that make people feel vulnerable. Isolation (like in misery), or a dead end situation with weather predicaments (like the shining) or imprisonment (like Saw). 2) Also try something that has to do with extreme knowledge or cunning the bad person has about your hero (it is scary to feel you are being watched and somebody know your habits and can foresee your reactions like sleeping enemy or what lies beneath where a husband is all potent due to intimacy). 3) life threatening or worse disability/impairment is a fear/insecurity most people have (the hostel, saw) 4) a deep psychological motive counts to reality (look at the Hand that rocks the cradle) and also note the fear of the wife of being misunderstood and losing the love of her husband (this is valid fear). 5) and of course everything that goes beyond people's understanding is scary (like paranormal Skeleton key, The exorcism of Emily Rose or maddness) Choose what scares you the most! It will be more convincing.

Jayne Jayne
There are many ways. You might try reading some true crime - Ed Gein was a sad monster, for instance. There are so many ways to set tone I can only offer this: WRITE EVERY DAY. If you want to read fiction that gets into a psycho's head, try "The Butcher's Theater" by Jonathan Kellerman. You don't have to be graphic. Lead the reader to the point where he uses his imagination to scare himself.
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Evonne Evonne
Just transfer every monster you have inside of you into your story. If its a murderer, explain the murders like a killer would, in great detail. It's all about the things already there- the more you explain the psychos, the more disturbing it will be.
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Columbine Columbine
Isn't the scariest person you'll ever meet someone who has no remorse for ANYTHING? Sociopaths are terrifying AND everyone knows one.
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Bernice Bernice
ever read The Collector? read that if u havnt... got good ratings for being a physcological thriller. and seriously we read it in a class...creeped EVERYONE out!!! promise! but plus the movie Se7en how the guy just...idk something about it
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Bernice Originally Answered: Is the book "Lolita" a disturbing read?
Yes, I found it very disturbing. I only read about half of it, as I stopped at the part where Humbert Humbert drugs Lolita and then he has his way with her while she's asleep.

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