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Tall bushes shrouded a shadowy front porch. Only a sliver of light between drawn drapes suggested anyone was home. Someone had made an effort to dress up the house for Halloween. On the small lawn, dried cornstalks were teepeed around a lamppost. A pumpkin grinned from the top of a wheelchair ramp. Opposite the pumpkin was a little barrel of chrysanthemums. Beside the front door, barely visible in the shadow, a scarecrow dummy wearing a cowboy hat was slumped in a chair.
We moved up the side of the house, crouching as we passed under the dark windows. I was conscious of every sound—my own breathing, traffic whooshing up and down the adjacent streets, the far-off pulsing wail of a siren. At every step, the sound of leaves crunching underfoot seemed thunderous.
Here the traditional trappings of a New England autumn, like a pumpkin and a scarecrow dummy, seem ordinary and ominous at the same time. By making your character hyper-aware of sensations and sound, you ratchet up the dramatic tension.
Suspense is sustained by the absence of anything terrible happening, and the continued focus on detail. Order Now! I deliberately drew out the moment Peter and Annie spend in the car looking at that house so it seemed longer than it would have if they were just arriving to deliver a package.
Complex sentences : To create a feeling of apprehension about what might happen next, use longer, more complex sentences rather than rat-a-tat, subject-verb-object. Camera close-ups : You want the reader as close in as possible, experiencing the tension of your suspense sequence firsthand.
Building suspense takes time.
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The reader will lose interest if all you do is pile on descriptive paragraph after descriptive paragraph, no matter how much menace there is in your descriptions. Break the tension by having something happen that advances the plot or provides a moment of comic relief. There are many ways to insert a pause into suspense. The telephone rings. One of the characters cracks a joke in real life, we all use humor to get through tense times. But one tale, "On the Uses of Torture," is worth the price of admission on its own. It involves an interplanetary diplomat engaging in a terrible summit with an alien race whose caste system is dictated by the amount of torture one can endure: The more you can tolerate, the more venerated you become.
I read this one years ago, and it remains burnt into my frontal cortex. It's not easy to find a copy, but if you do, gentle reader--prepare thyself. So instead of tooting my own horn, how about I throw out a few of the early kudos that the book has received? I can do that and maintain a modicum of respectability, right? Aww, who am I kidding? I've never been all that respectable, anyway. Stephen King says: "The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn't put it down. This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it's a perfect gift for a winter night.
Cutter's storytelling is lean and crisp and delightfully over-the-top. This book should be sold as a diet aid. If you have even the slightest fear of parasites, it'll put you off your food for weeks. It's a disquieting, disturbing, and occasionally downright disgusting story. It's also great fun to read.
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