What makes a good horror story? Hideous monsters and fountains of blood might seem like a good place to start, but as horror author H.P. Lovecraft wrote, “The oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Writers harness that fear not by revealing horrors, but by leaving the audience hanging in a state of suspense. Victoria Smith gives some tips for adding suspense to your writing.
Peabody introduces Sherman to American writer, Edgar Allen Poe, who is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and macabre. They find Poe writing happy stories and try to scare him in order to spark his thinking in the horror genre.
Odysseus and his crew meet face-to-face with Polyphemus, a Cyclops, when he catches them eating his food. Polyphemus eats one of the crew members, to the horror of the other men. In an attempt to increase their chances of escaping, Odysseus offers Polyphemus wine to bring him to a drunken stupor.