Fictional Horror Writers Ranked By What They’ll Sacrifice To Succeed

Writers found in the horror genre often don’t fare very well. This may be due to their own desperation. Ethan Hawkeis the author of the true crime in Claim and Courtney Coxwriter of erotic fiction in television series shining valley, are two who barely consider their family over their own ambitions. Other times it can be because a character is stuck on a dark path. Before Naomi Watts was a journalist looking for a cursed video in Ring, Nanako Matsushima was hunting in the original Japanese. Then there are even worse terrors.

Words have power. If it does not spit cosmic monsters (In the mouth of madness), a writer may very well take it upon himself to shed blood with his own hand (the brilliant). Whatever the method, be it journalism, a novel or even a screenplay, these writers will do everything to reach the end of their story. Whether they survive is a whole other question.

9. Iris Blum – I am the pretty thing that lives in the house

Irises today (Paula Prentiss) is a retired horror author with dementia. A collection of his works sits comfortably on a shelf, from which his new home nurse Lily (Ruth Wilson) read carefully. On 13 books, The Lady on the Walls is the most haunting of all. Centered around Polly Parsons, Iris did not mention this protagonist. Polly appeared to a young Iris (Erin Boyes), recounting his life but having no recollection of his death. Without any warning, one day, the ghost never reappeared. The Lady on the Walls has an unfinished ending due to Iris’ lack of satisfaction. As death nears, Iris remains obsessed with ending Polly’s story. She still lives in the house, with the hope that the revelation will come. But that will never be the case. The sacrifice here is personal and very lonely.

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8. Steven Crain – The Haunting of Hill House

As Crain’s older brother, Steven (Michael Huisman) has made a career out of writing about the paranormal. But he’s dissatisfied, he doesn’t believe it. He chooses to view everything with a rational mind, even though he may be wrong. And he is – the ghosts in this series are real and deadly. But if the supernatural doesn’t cause trouble, human error does the job. When Steven figured out what would be his first book, he detailed the collective trauma his family faced at Hill House years ago. When given the manuscript, his sister Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser


7. Reiko Asakawa – Ring

After the death of journalist Reiko’s niece (Matsushima), she sets out to find the unmarked videotape that is believed to be the cause. Finding him in a cabin, she looks at him, and yes, the curse is very real: “You will die in a week.” It’s a bit of gallows humor that this is a deadline that Reiko absolutely must meet. Asking her ex-husband Ryūji for help (Hiroyuki Sanada), Reiko can’t stop her from watching the cursed tape. Marked for death as well, Ryūji tells Reiko to make a copy of the tape to analyze. When their son looks at him, the search for answers intensifies. At the end of the week, they discover the skeletal remains of Sadako (the original Samara). The curse is broken! Well, until Reiko’s ex-husband was killed by the vengeful spirit. Unfortunately, it is from her death that Reiko realizes how to actually survive the Seven Days. Reiko not only survives due to Ryūji’s death, but their son as well.


6. Catherine – Pictures

Previous sacrifices were either self-inflicted or accidental. That’s not the case with children’s book author Cathryn (Susanna York). She’s dealing with something more frustrating than writer’s block. She “sees” a strange man in her room and hides, only to find out that it was her husband (Rene Auberjonois) All the time. You can’t trust his mind. But Cathryn can’t find the support she needs and doesn’t actively seek it out. She is content to not distinguish between fact and fiction. Unicorns are constantly on his mind. It’s one of her favorite creatures to write, with a horn as deadly as the knife Cathryn uses on an ex-lover, which may or may not be real. These violent reactions reach a terrible peak. Driving down a lonely road, Cathryn spots her doppelganger. She rushes to it, convinced that it will cure her mental anguish. Bad news for the writer – it’s not an imaginary figure she kills, but a real human.


5. Jack Torrance – The Shining

Jack NicholsonThe writer gone mad is obviously not in the head from the beginning. He is all smiles in front of the bosses and full of contempt when he is with his family. He has an aggressive temper and suffers from alcohol addiction. Becoming the winter watchman at the Overlook Hotel and taking his family with him is a bad idea. When his wife Wendy (Shelly Duvall) approaches him as he writes one day, he goes wild. As for their son Danny (Danny Lloyd), Jack has already hurt him in the past. As far as that goes, Haunted Hotel needn’t ignite this writer’s dark urges. He can do it all on his own.

In the film’s most revealing scene, one that also marks the point of no return for this “family” man, Jack interacts with Grady’s ghost (Pierre-Philippe) in the red bathroom. Here, Jack easily blurts out internal thoughts, that Danny is a “very willful boy” and that Wendy is “interfering”. Indulging in pent-up anger is what fuels Jack to his chilling end. He would rather sacrifice his wife and son for a glass of whiskey than spend quality time with them.


4. Pat Phelps – Shining Valley

The Phelps family moves into a large, old mansion. Everything seems to be going well at first. As her husband and children settle in, Pat (Cox) plans to write her next bestselling erotic fiction. Then writer’s block hits. Saving grace is when Rosemary (Mira Sorvino) appears, the spirit of a housewife stuck on the property. Under Rosemary’s control, Pat has pages typed. Good comments from her editor blind Pat to how she does it. But Rosemary turns out to be a bad influence. She tricks Pat into drinking again, shattering years of sobriety. When it is learned that Rosemary is probably demonic, Pat takes it in stride.

She tries to negotiate to finish the book, still thinking she’s in control. But when Rosemary feels irritated, the spirit kills a nosy neighbor and tricks Pat into cheating on her husband. Without a doubt, Rosemary is in control. The show is obviously inspired by the brilliant, but unlike Jack, Pat doesn’t go mad. The author of erotic fiction actively searches for Rosemary, until she realizes the danger she has put her family in the whole time. At this point, there is no good escape to be found.

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3. Lisa Nova – New Cherry Flavor

Lisa (Rosa Salazar) arrives in Hollywood with the dream of becoming a filmmaker. Then his first feature was taken away by sleazy producer Burke (Eric Lange). Find the Boro Witch (Catherine Kener), Lisa participates in a black magic ritual to settle scores. But for this to work, Boro needs to be paid. Lisa is forced to throw up kittens. And there’s nothing cute about those furballs. Nevertheless, Lisa is determined to carry on. Although Burke is the intended target, Lisa soon leaves her own collateral damage behind. A director, who is entrusted with the position of director of Lisa, suddenly ignites. Burke’s son is turned into a stupid zombie. In the end, Lisa takes revenge, but close friends are killed in her pursuit. She leaves Hollywood without making her film. After all she did, it was really about coming out on top.


2. Ellison Oswalt – Sinister

For Pat’s recklessness, she is easily beaten by Ellison (Hawke). The new house he is moving into with his family has a dark and fairly recent history. They don’t know it, but the previous family was found dead, hanged in the garden. Ellison’s true obsession with crime explodes into ecstasy when he finds a box of film reels depicting the unsolved murders. Each “home movie” is more disturbing than the last. Ellison looks away, but he hides the reels from the authorities. He hopes to publish what he discovers in a bestselling book after only finding success in his first book.

When scary things start happening, Ellison tries but he can’t explain it rationally. Her children are affected, one drawing the family hanging on the wall and the other having night terrors. Even after telling his wife the story of the house, Ellison stops them from leaving. When he tries to burn everything from the reels to the projector, they end up finding him unscathed in Oswalt’s old house where they return. Not only does he suffer from it, but his family too. In the end, Ellison gets his wish. He became “famous” again with his own unsolved murder.


1. Sutter Cane – Into the Mouth of Madness

Haunting out of time and The Horror of Hobb’s End are popular titles by Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow). These horror books are more than bestsellers. Avid readers have become word-whacked, mutating and committing mass murder. The cosmic horrors of the pages are very real. By writing about them, Cane hopes to contain the monstrous creatures. Realizing that it’s a useless struggle, this author has a new plan. He will let everything go to hell.

The epicenter of chaos seems to be the mysterious Hobb’s End. This little town shouldn’t exist and yet it does exist when investigator John Trent (Sam Neil) fetches the author. Finding the author mad, Trent learns the terrible truth. Cane is in absolute control. Unlike other previous writers, Cane wants to unleash destruction through his work — at least, Ellison Oswalt only wanted a good book sale. As Trent comes to understand, there is nothing to be done. Sutter Cane sacrifices the world because he can.


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