The Horror Hero's Journey

Learn how to use the “hero's journey” template to write epic horror fiction! Storytellers have been using the “hero’s journey” pattern in tales for thousands of years, from the Epic of Gilgamesh to Star Wars. It’s a tried-and- true technique, one horror writers can use too, but with its own deliciously dark spin. Topics covered will include: The “hero’s journey.” How the horror “hero’s Journey” is different. The twelve stages of the horror “hero’s Journey.” The nine story outcomes of the horror “hero’s Journey.” Techniques for combining different story outcomes. How you can apply the horror “hero’s Journey” to your own stories. You’ll write several exercises exploring different aspects of the horror “hero’s Journey.”

About the Instructor

Tim Waggoner has published over fifty novels and seven collections of dark fiction. He’s a three-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Scribe Award, and the Splatterpunk Award. He’s the author of the acclaimed horror-writing guide Writing in the Dark, and he’s a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.