Strip away events, characters, and settings in all horror stories to compare the bare bones. See a pattern? The structural bones in these stories are the same. All horror stories are composed of five core elements, which must be utilized to develop an effective tale that induces terror in a reader. There are other elements that can enhance a horror story (e.g.; gore, porn, etc.). However, those are all secondary elements. The elements defined below are the core components in every horror story.
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