Hello dudes and dudettes. I've recently began writing again, and decided to pick up a new element to go alongside the familiar element of fantasy in my writing: horror. I got to wondering, how does one scare people through writing? So people, what makes a scary/creepy/dark story for you? I'm looking for ideas to give me a general picture of what to include and avoid. A how-to if you will. I'm particularly interested in what people think about violence, graphic or otherwise, as a medium. Personally, I'd prefer to keep the levels of slashing down as a whole, but squeeze the scenes that include violence dry of every drop of scare. So, how should it be included? When/If graphic, how can one get the most creeps out of it without crossing the line of good taste? At the other end of scary, psychological horror, how do? I get helplessness as a good one, any other ideas?