In a good thriller you can use different devices to
create a spooky atmosphere.
the story can happen in a scary place (cemetery, an old
empty house, in a dark deserted road
, dump or factory, in an alley)
the story can happen at a scary time (full moon, at the
stroke of midnight, the 13th , at
The story can happen when the weather is bad (it was a
dark and stormy night...)
Usually thrillers take place in an ordinary place like
in a normal city with normal people, but still
you can create a spooky atmosphere by using the language.
Choice of words and sentences can
create an exciting and scary story.
The use of adjectives can describe the sinister
atcommosphere (dark, rusty, ugly)
use describing scary words (blood, creak, hoarse, rotten)
describe what people feel (fear, disgust, panic)
if a person is being followed you can write in shorte
sentences. In that way the reader gets a
feeling of speed and panic.
in some thrillers there are scary supernatural creatures
(warewolves, zombies, vampires,
witch, troll, an evil restless spirit) who the main
caracter has to fight.
The story can take place in a parallel universe to our