Writing

How to Write a Horror Story in 7 Steps

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Dec 8, 2021 • 4 min read

The horror genre extends back to ancient folktales centered around witches, evil spirits, and all manner of bad things. Whether you draw inspiration from folklore or from legendary horror writers like Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King, you can find many great reference points for how to write horror stories and screenplays.