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Horror 201: The Silver Scream

Horror 201: The Silver Scream

Horror 201: The Silver Scream

Horror 201: The Silver Scream


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The definitive guide to filmmaking and filmmakers by the best in the field.

Horror 201: The Silver Scream, the follow-up to the Bram Stoker Award nominated Horror 101: The Way Forward, delves into the minds of filmmakers to see what it takes to produce great horror films, from the writing and funding process, to directing, producing, and writing tie-ins.

It’s a tome of interviews and essays by some of our favorite artists.

Film legends and authors such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Ray Bradbury, Ed Naha, Patrick Lussier, Stephen Volk, Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Holder, Tom Holland, John Shirley, William Stout, and John Russo want to share their expertise with you through informative, practical, career-building advice.

These are the folks behind movies and novelizations such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Dark Shadows, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Buffy, Resident Evil, The Stand, Sleepwalkers, Masters of Horror, The Fly, Critters, Tales from the Crypt, Child’s Play, Fright Night, Thinner, The Langoliers, Ted Bundy, Final Destination, Re-animator Unbound, Halloween, Apollo 18, The Eye, Night of the Living Dead, The Crow, The Mist, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Horror 201 also entertains. You’ll see a side of your favorite authors, producers, and directors never seen before – combining fun and entertainment with informative career-building advice.

Horror 201 is aimed at arming generations of authors, screenwriters, producers, directors, and anyone else interested in the film industry, from big budget movies to the independent film circuit, as well as the stage.

Whether you’re an accomplished author or screenwriter, writing as a hobby, or have dreams of writing screenplays or making movies, Horror 201 will take you on a behind the scenes tour of the Horror movie industry from Hollywood to the UK and Australia.

The full line-up includes:
John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Ed Naha, Edward Lee, Patrick Lussier, Tim Lebbon, Jonathan Maberry, Stephen Volk, William Stout, Michael McCarty, Dan Curtis, William Stout, Graham Masterton, Harry Shannon, Jason V. Brock, L.L. Soares, Mick Garris, William F. Nolan, Lee Karr, Jeffrey Reddick, Taylor Grant, Stephen Johnston, Aaron Sterns, Michael Laimo, Jonathan Winn, David. C. Hayes, Brian Pinkerton, David Henson Greathouse, Aaron Dries, Armand Rosamilia, Billy Hanson, Jack Thomas Smith, John Russo, Keith Arem, Denise Gossett, Mark Steensland, John Shirley, Tom Holland, Adrian Roe, Dave Jeffery, James Hart, James Cullen Bressack, Jeff Strand, Nancy Holder, E.C. McMullen Jr, Richard Gray, Richard Chizmar, William C. Cope (interior artist), Tim Waggoner, Tom Monteleone, Nick Cato, Kevin Wetmore, Eric Miller, and Lynne Hansen.

Don’t let this opportunity slip through your creative fingers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780994679369
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Publication date: 12/30/2015
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Joe Mynhardt is a HWA nominated South African horror writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. Joe is the owner of Crystal Lake Publishing (Publisher of the Year in the 2013 This Is Horror Awards), which he started in August, 2012. Since then he's published and edited short stories, novellas, interviews and essays by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Adam Nevill, Lisa Morton, Elizabeth Massie, Joe McKinney, Edward Lee, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Mick Garris, and hundreds more. Just like Crystal Lake Publishing, Joe believes in reaching out to all authors, new and experienced, and being a beacon of friendship and guidance in the Dark Fiction field. Joe's influences stretch from Poe, Doyle and Lovecraft to King, Connolly and Gaiman. His collection of short stories, Lost in the Dark, is available through Amazon. You can read more about Joe and Crystal Lake Publishing at or find him on Facebook. Joe is also an Associate member of the HWA.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Joe Mynhardt

The Horror Film Industry:
Horror is Culture by Kevin Wetmore
Scare Tactics by David C. Hayes
Screaming in My Ear by Brian Pinkerton
From Page to Film by Michael Laimo
A (Brief) History of Horror on Stage by Kevin Wetmore
The Washingtonians by Richard Chizmar
"So-Bad-It's-Good" and Underrated Gems by Nick Cato
E.C. McMullen Interview

Tricks of the Trade - Screenwriting:
What made you write your very first screenplay?
Are there any resources you can recommend to screenwriters?
What legal pitfalls should a screenwriter watch out for?
Would you recommend writing collaborative scripts?
What would you say are the biggest pitfalls?
What kind of schedule do you keep?
How involved should a screenwriter be once production starts?
How different is writing film scripts from series scripts?
How stressful and challenging is it to write a series pilot?
Any advice for screenwriters or those interested in the field?

The Art of the Pitch by Taylor Grant
Pitfalls on the Way to the Hellpit by John Shirley
An Open Letter to Ambitious Authors Everywhere by Jonathan Winn
Stephen King's Million Dollar Babies - An Interview with Billy Hanson
Screenwriting: The Compromised Art by Aaron Sterns
No Bullshit Advice for Screenwriters by Eric Miller
Me and the Serial Killers by Stephen Johnston
Placebo - Interview and Screenplay by Aaron Dries

Interviews (part 1):
Jeffrey Reddick
Wes Craven
Lee Karr
Ed Naha
George A. Romero
Lynne Hansen
William F. Nolan
Richard Gray
Dan Curtis
Harry Shannon
L.L. Soares
Tom Holland

Tricks of the Trade - Novelizations:
How did you get involved with novelizations?
Is there a specific way you approach all these projects?
Who normally approaches you?
What is the one movie franchise you'd love to write novels for?
What is the one thing you should never do when writing a novelization?
How hectic are the deadlines?
Which books are the best resources or case studies?
Any advice for someone trying to get their foot in the door?
Any legal advice on signing a novelization contract?
How stressful was your very first novelization or tie-in?

Venomous Little Man Productions - A Case Study

Tricks of the Trade - Producing & Directing:
What do you look for in a screenwriter or screenplay?
How close to the original screenplay do you normally stay?
What goes into setting up a budget for an independent film?
So you're movie is finally made, now what?
What makes your movies unique?
Since every movie has them, how do you deal with the haters?
Which film makers have you studied the most and why?
What are your favorite directing techniques?
Should every independent film be made in a unique way?
How should a company promote and distribute their films?
How important is timing when releasing a movie?

Interviews (part 2):
Ray Bradbury
Patrick Lussier
Keith Arem
Mick Garris
John Russo
Denise Gossett
Jack Thomas Smith
David Henson Greathouse
John Carpenter
James Cullen Bressack
Thomas F. Monteleone
William Stout

Entertaining Tidbits and Anecdotes:
How has the horror movie genre evolved since you started out?
Does CGI improve or impede on the quality of horror movies?
Which other careers did you almost join?
Any advice for newbies?
What's an average day like on set?
What's the biggest piece of advice you can give anyone in your field?

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