I've noticed that a lot of recent "scary" movies from Hollywood, and similarly, recent "scary" books contain nothing more than detailed depictions of merciless, uncensored slaughter. Not all movies and books are like that, mind you. I learned some time ago that the key to good action was tension, not violence. While I'm one of those writers who tends to become somewhat sadistic with his characters, I feel like cramming in as much blood and violence as possible to a story is cheap. I mean, this is literature and screenplay I'm talking about, not guro. With that said, I want to know what makes a good scary story. I don't think it's violence. I could be wrong, though. I want to know things closer to the types of plots that work well in genuine horror, what characters best suit it, how to establish the proper mood, and in some cases, how to kill it. I apologize if this is in the wrong section of the forum, or if someone's already posted a thread similar to this. This is only my third post on the forum, so I might have done something wrong.