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What is Knifepoint Horror?

There are many ways to tell a story, but to truly scare a reader, not merely entertain or amuse, horror should be pared down to such an essential, minimalist form that literally nothing is left over to allow the mind even a respite of a single paragraph. To accomplish this, the most primal element of storytelling---a single human voice describing events exactly as it experienced them, without the intrusion of a writerís artifice---is adhered to without variation or exception.

Knifepoint horror tells its stories through taut, unadorned first person narratives which carefully mimic the sound of that agonized human voice. Itís a voice which needs to tell its tale so badly that it shuns all the stylish techniques which dilute, stretch, and burden tales of terror with unnecessary detail. To read knifepoint is to sit beside a stranger in the dark and hear him say, Now I will tell you exactly what happened to me.

Knifepoint can have no standard passages of dialogue, no excursions into the minds of characters other than the narratorís, no comic relief, no romance, not even any standard paragraph and sectional breaks. It must sound to the ear like a spontaneous confession. On the page, even the use of traditional upper and lowercase lettering is forbidden---only cold, emotionless capital letters may tell the story. The most complex of tales, which might normally fill hundreds of pages, must be stripped down to its bare spine.

This is storytelling that absolutely must have a riveting story to work, simply because no other writing skills are truly allowed to emerge. The challenge for the writer is to scare a reader with no tools but a tremulous campfire voice too devastated to enhance the awful truth of its experience.

Now available from is Knifepoint Horror: Book One, or listen to it on iTunes

copyright 2007 by Soren Narnia