Horror 201: The Silver Scream by Ramsey CampbellHorror 201: The Silver Scream by Ramsey Campbell

Horror 201: The Silver Scream

byRamsey CampbellEditorJoe MynhardtINTERVIEWEEwes Craven

Paperback | December 30, 2015

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The definitive guide to filmmaking and filmmakers by the best in the field.


Horror 201: The Silver Scream, the follow-up to the Bram Stoker Award nominated Horror 101: The Way Forward, delves into the minds of filmmakers to see what it takes to produce great horror films, from the writing and funding process, to directing, producing, and writing tie-ins.

It’s a tome of interviews and essays by some of our favorite artists.


Film legends and authors such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Ray Bradbury, Ed Naha, Patrick Lussier, Stephen Volk, Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Holder, Tom Holland, John Shirley, William Stout, and John Russo want to share their expertise with you through informative, practical, career-building advice.


These are the folks behind movies and novelizations such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Dark Shadows, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Buffy, Resident Evil, The Stand, Sleepwalkers, Masters of Horror, The Fly, Critters, Tales from the Crypt, Child’s Play, Fright Night, Thinner, The Langoliers, Ted Bundy, Final Destination, Re-animator Unbound, Halloween, Apollo 18, The Eye, Night of the Living Dead, The Crow, The Mist, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Horror 201 also entertains. You’ll see a side of your favorite authors, producers, and directors never seen before – combining fun and entertainment with informative career-building advice.

Horror 201 is aimed at arming generations of authors, screenwriters, producers, directors, and anyone else interested in the film industry, from big budget movies to the independent film circuit, as well as the stage.


Whether you’re an accomplished author or screenwriter, writing as a hobby, or have dreams of writing screenplays or making movies, Horror 201 will take you on a behind the scenes tour of the Horror movie industry from Hollywood to the UK and Australia.


The full line-up includes:

John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Ed Naha, Edward Lee, Patrick Lussier, Tim Lebbon, Jonathan Maberry, Stephen Volk, William Stout, Michael McCarty, Dan Curtis, William Stout, Graham Masterton, Harry Shannon, Jason V. Brock, L.L. Soares, Mick Garris, William F. Nolan, Lee Karr, Jeffrey Reddick, Taylor Grant, Stephen Johnston, Aaron Sterns, Michael Laimo, Jonathan Winn, David. C. Hayes, Brian Pinkerton, David Henson Greathouse, Aaron Dries, Armand Rosamilia, Billy Hanson, Jack Thomas Smith, John Russo, Keith Arem, Denise Gossett, Mark Steensland, John Shirley, Tom Holland, Adrian Roe, Dave Jeffery, James Hart, James Cullen Bressack, Jeff Strand, Nancy Holder, E.C. McMullen Jr, Richard Gray, Richard Chizmar, William C. Cope (interior artist), Tim Waggoner, Tom Monteleone, Nick Cato, Kevin Wetmore, Eric Miller, and Lynne Hansen.


Don’t let this opportunity slip through your creative fingers.

Joe Mynhardt is a HWA nominated South African horror writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. Joe is the owner of Crystal Lake Publishing (Publisher of the Year in the 2013 This Is Horror Awards), which he started in August, 2012. Since then he's published and edited short stories, novellas, interviews and essays by the likes of Neil G...
Title:Horror 201: The Silver ScreamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:December 30, 2015Publisher:Crystal Lake PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:099467936X

ISBN - 13:9780994679369


Table of Contents

Introduction by Joe MynhardtThe Horror Film Industry:Horror is Culture by Kevin Wetmore Scare Tactics by David C. HayesScreaming in My Ear by Brian PinkertonFrom Page to Film by Michael LaimoA (Brief) History of Horror on Stage by Kevin WetmoreThe Washingtonians by Richard Chizmar"So-Bad-It's-Good" and Underrated Gems by Nick CatoE.C. McMullen InterviewTricks of the Trade - Screenwriting:What made you write your very first screenplay?Are there any resources you can recommend to screenwriters?What legal pitfalls should a screenwriter watch out for?Would you recommend writing collaborative scripts?What would you say are the biggest pitfalls?What kind of schedule do you keep?How involved should a screenwriter be once production starts?How different is writing film scripts from series scripts?How stressful and challenging is it to write a series pilot?Any advice for screenwriters or those interested in the field?Screenwriting:The Art of the Pitch by Taylor GrantPitfalls on the Way to the Hellpit by John ShirleyAn Open Letter to Ambitious Authors Everywhere by Jonathan WinnStephen King's Million Dollar Babies - An Interview with Billy HansonScreenwriting: The Compromised Art by Aaron SternsNo Bullshit Advice for Screenwriters by Eric MillerMe and the Serial Killers by Stephen JohnstonPlacebo - Interview and Screenplay by Aaron DriesInterviews (part 1):Jeffrey ReddickWes CravenLee KarrEd NahaGeorge A. RomeroLynne HansenWilliam F. NolanRichard GrayDan CurtisHarry ShannonL.L. SoaresTom HollandTricks of the Trade - Novelizations:How did you get involved with novelizations?Is there a specific way you approach all these projects?Who normally approaches you?What is the one movie franchise you'd love to write novels for? What is the one thing you should never do when writing a novelization?How hectic are the deadlines?Which books are the best resources or case studies?Any advice for someone trying to get their foot in the door?Any legal advice on signing a novelization contract?How stressful was your very first novelization or tie-in? Venomous Little Man Productions - A Case StudyTricks of the Trade - Producing & Directing:What do you look for in a screenwriter or screenplay?How close to the original screenplay do you normally stay?What goes into setting up a budget for an independent film?So you're movie is finally made, now what?What makes your movies unique?Since every movie has them, how do you deal with the haters?Which film makers have you studied the most and why?What are your favorite directing techniques?Should every independent film be made in a unique way?How should a company promote and distribute their films?How important is timing when releasing a movie?Interviews (part 2):Ray BradburyPatrick LussierKeith AremMick GarrisJohn RussoDenise GossettJack Thomas SmithDavid Henson GreathouseJohn CarpenterJames Cullen BressackThomas F. MonteleoneWilliam StoutEntertaining Tidbits and Anecdotes:How has the horror movie genre evolved since you started out?Does CGI improve or impede on the quality of horror movies?Which other careers did you almost join?Any advice for newbies?What's an average day like on set?What's the biggest piece of advice you can give anyone in your field?Alone in the Pacific with Projector, Screen and Ten Best Films by Ramsey CampbellBiographies

Editorial Reviews

"As an in-depth look into what it takes to produce great horror films, we can think of no better resource on the market!" - Dave Jeffery & James Hart (Award winning film makers from Venomous Little Man Productions)"Horror 201: The Silver Scream will be seen as a landmark, the ultimate practical guide to horror filmmaking that will hopefully create and arm an entire generation of horror screenwriters and aspiring directors." - Aaron Sterns"Following the big success of Bram Stoker Award nominated HORROR 101: THE WAY FORWARD, Crystal Lake Publishing is back again with HORROR 201: THE SILVER SCREAM, making the transition from fiction to film. As with the former title in the series, HORROR 201: THE SILVER SCREAM is jammed packed with entertaining, interesting, and useful material for would-be horror filmmakers and insatiable movie geeks who just have to know about everything. The amazing interviews with Wes Craven, George A. Romero, and John Carpenter alone are worth the price of the book. Horror fans, whether film or fiction, need this book - and really anyone interested in movies period. Recommended!" - Aaron J. French, Editor-in-Chief of Dark Discoveries"No one teaches horror. As a student of terror, realizing just how useful it is in teaching how society works and is influenced, that is a shame. Horror 201 opens the door again, but be careful... you don't know what lurks on the other side. The truth is scary." - David C. Hayes "Horror 201: The Silver Scream is a brilliant glimpse into the horror and movie making industry. This book will point the way, light the path and ignite the fires inside you and get you putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard." - Linzi Osburn