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Katie Alender Shares Her Secrets For Writing Scary Stories

“I can’t watch horror movies! They’re way too scary, ha ha! It does seem a little odd that I’m a total wimp about anything spooky. I’m especially awful at watching suspenseful movies or reading mysteries — I fall for every single trick the author or filmmakers throw at me. But I’ve been thinking about this recently, and I realized that being a huge fraidy-cat is actually a really great qualification for writing horror, because I am capable of finding almost every situation terrifying. A brave person might not be able to find the scariness in walking through an old, crowded attic, but I can describe my fears in 35 ways.” (On Our Minds: A Scholastic Blog)

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