We know the hormones in the human mind’s triggers a flight or fight response to fear. In the real world, we will choose one of these paths unless we are so traumatized by a repeated pattern of terror, we go numb and don’t react at all. Such is the case sometimes for a person or a prisoner experiencing repeated abuse or torture.
However, while reading a dark, scary story, we are in a safe environment. The only horror going on is on the pages of the book. What we enjoy about a scary thriller is the unknown. We don’t know what will happen next. We like the suspense, the mystery, the surprises and twists and turns in the plot. A good writer leaves clues along the way, foreshadowing the danger up ahead.
I love this quote by Stephen King explaining what terror is: “Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…”
Danger lurks in the waters of the Caribbean in my upcoming book, RELENTLESS. Preorder for special price of 99 cents until publication date November 10. Get it now on Amazon Kindle.
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