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How do you ramp up the fear factor in a domestic setting? Alex Davis offers a guide to writing home invasion stories


Many, many horror stories feature some element of travel. Whether it’s an oldfashioned tale taking place in the ‘cabin in the woods’, a jaunt to distinctly unfamiliar climes, or even a journey into some otherwordly realm, there is a great number of genre stories that involve plunging your characters into something out of their comfort zone.

And that’s often a key element – how will your protagonists adapt when they are in trouble and unable to call upon the comforts of home, and the support of family and friends that so often goes along with it?

However, there is another branch of horror that takes the opposite approacg, with the fears that are so often found outside reaching into our home, that place where we feel most at ease and most comfortable.

These tales of ‘home invasion’ require a different approach for writers, and play with the readers’ fears in a different way – so how do you craft a great tale of housebound horror?

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