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Writing Haunted House Stories - Building Atmosphere Through Setting : Atmosphere strikes your character with unease. Consider the houses that might be in your neighborhood. You know the one: Its the house that pedestrians cross the street to avoid. Its the house that high school students dare to spend a night, beyond the creaking doors to warily explore the strange whimpers within its indefinable shadows. Even though nothing tangible has actually occurred, your characters are afraid. This fear comes from the atmosphere: The setting that surrounds your house and your characters. Atmosphere is the mood, and that mood should haunt your readers long after the story is over. So where do you begin? Creating a haunted house story is a frightening and daunting task. To make things easier on yourself, establish the date and time from the beginning of your story. If you write a prologue, begin the story with your date and time or, at the very least, give hints to the decade. Perhaps your character is listening to Disco Inferno just before a psychopath sets the house on fire. Perhaps your character is trembling in the shadows, her bonnet is drenched with perspiration and shes praying for her lantern to stay lit long enough to be rescued. This not only establishes your setting, but also gives you a chance to add a bit of dimension and foreshadowing to your story. Haunt Your Readers Using the Correct Word Using the right word can also establish the setting in your haunted house story. Consider this sentence: Beverly Harris walked into the house. Not very creative at all. Theres barely a setting and the action is not very descriptive at all. Lets try another set of words: Beverly, overwhelmed with incipient danger, crept through the doorway. Better. Crept is a stronger description than the word walked. This is an acceptable description that readers would more likely enjoy. But couldnt we write this sentence in fewer and more ominous words? I think we can: The house consumed her. Ominous, descriptive and simple. This causes the reader to feel discomforted; therefore, empathetic which should be your goal as a writer. To make your readers feel what your characters are feeling. Location, Location, Location Your haunted house is a character just like the rest of your cast. It should have a personality. It should draw your characters into it, much like a protagonist is hunting for a villain. It should have a personality and a history. Your protagonist wants something and your house wants something too. So what kind of personality does your house have? Consider the location. It could be a bayou mansion decorated in a French-Creole, or maybe its a simple two-story cabin in Washington State like in Stephen Kings Alan Wake. Perhaps its even more classical such as a fortified castle located on top of a sheer cliff above a sleepy village. Each of these houses should reflect its geographical location, and its personality should be revealed through the protagonists perspective. If your house could speak, would it have an accent? How would you show that? The décor? The architecture? The location of your haunted house defines its personality. Let it speak. Let it lure your protagonist back into its swampy tendrils. Other ways to give your house a personality through the setting is by re-establishing the environment according to how people speak in their geographical region. People in the Deep South speak differently to each other in Miami and people in Miami speak differently than people in Montana. People gossip about each other and every person has a different perspective on life. Apply that to your haunted house. No matter the geographical location, your house has a back-story and people will gossip about it. What they say and how they say it can reveal more of your houses personality. Each time your character hears a story, his or her perspective will change. For example, The Infinite written by Douglas Clegg, some of the characters that stay in the Nightmare House see it as just an ordinary house at first. Once they begin to hear the strange stories, the paranoia begins to take over and pretty soon the house takes on a more sinister appearance. No, it doesnt physically change. What changes is the characters perception of the house. Your house is another character that deserves to be gossiped about. Everyone has secrets; your haunted house does too. Originality is Vital There are already a number of haunted house movies and books that take place in all kinds of environments all over the world. There are literally hundreds if not thousands that take place in a haunted cabin in the middle of the woods. In order for your horror story to survive the cutthroat competition, it must be unique. It must bring something new to a concept that has been done over and over again. Being unique is vital for your story to survive. Creative writers must be flexible. Instead of a haunted cabin in the woodsy Canadian mountains, perhaps your story is about a haunted floating home in the Puget Sound. Or maybe consider moving your cliché southern plantation to the sunny beachfront tropics of Africa surrounded with palm trees, monkeys and deadly spiders as big as a coconut. Originality doesnt have to be that extreme either. Perhaps your setting is in the Colonial American suburbs of Massachusetts but the architecture is ultra-modern. One last thing to consider when choosing an original setting for your haunted house story is the lighting and ambience. Remember that the farther your house is to the equator, the more drastic your hours of day and night become. A haunted house located in lowest parts of South America, for example, will spend at least a full month in total darkness in the winter and a full month of total daylight in the summer. Enter If You Dare H.P. Lovecraft was a master at building atmosphere through setting. He used the description of the landscapes and neighborhoods to give the reader an ominous feeling long before his character even approaches the house. Take this example from The Picture in the House: ... They climb to the moonlit towers of ruined Rhine castles and falter down black-cobwebbed steps beneath the scattered stones of forgotten cities... The haunted wood and the desolate mountains [are] shrines, and they linger around the sinister monoliths of uninhabited islands... But the true epicure in the terrible and unutterable ghastliness is the chief end and justification of existence, esteems most of all the ancient, lonely farmhouses of backwoods New England... Their strength, solitude, grotesqueness and ignorance combine to form the perfect portion of the hideous. This paints a very sophisticated picture using carefully chosen adjectives and a forward approach. Although H.P. Lovecraft has surpassed the expectation of horror in its finest excellence, award winning author Joe Schreiber writes a more literal description of the Round House in one of his most bone-chilling haunted house stories: No Doors, No Windows: ... It was sparse and plain and narrow, with a curved concrete floor and smooth, almost circular black walls that didnt look as though theyd been painted black but were somehow sculpted out of naturally black material-some substance that literally absorbed light. There were no doors and no windows. Although the passageway appeared to be straight, there was definitely some bend to it, some winding quality just outside the lighters glow. Both of these excellent examples describe the haunted house using atmosphere and setting in different ways. They work well because of the strong word choice and vivid, unnatural descriptions that go beyond the details of how someone would usually describe a house. Joe Schreiber didnt just blatantly say: The room was round. Instead, he painted a picture so vivid that the reader simply got a sense that this room was unnatural and no sane person would enter it -especially if he only possessed a lighter. When is a haunted house not a haunted house? A haunted house isnt always necessarily a house. It can be an apartment or a condo on the beach. Sometimes its a cemetery where spirits of the dead live, work and haunt like in Neil Gaimans novel, The Graveyard Book. Haunted factories, sanitariums, junkyards, prisons, schools, caves and even sewers could all potentially be haunted house stories. All the same rules apply.
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Depending upon the price and location, you can also expect air-conditioning, premium fittings, party areas, multiple car parks, well designed gardens and play areas. Many houses have quarters for employees and domestic help. Some also come with an office. While the price of houses in Vilas do Atlantico could range from $285,000 to $795,000, the average house will cost you around $475,000. Let us take a closer look at what can be expected at different price levels. Houses Below $300,000 Even the most economical houses in Vilas do Atlantico offer you some choice. You could choose between smaller houses nearer to the beach with all suites and air-conditioning or go for a larger house slightly in town. At this range you may not get a pool, but you can expect a plot of around 600 sq. meters and a built up space of 140 to 350 sq. meters. Houses will typically be 4 bedroom with multiple suites and most houses will have facilities like garden, parking and basic fittings. Some may offer sauna or jacuzzi and some may be fully furnished. Between $300,000 To $400,000 In this range most houses will have a swimming pool. Below $ 360,000 you can expect in town houses with 4 bedrooms, at least one suite, basic fittings like cabinets or wardrobes, maids room and security equipment. Built up area is usually around 200 to 300 sq. meters on a plot of about 600 sq. meters. From $360,000 to $400,000, you will get multi floor houses closer to the beach either standalone or part of a condo. Typical houses have 4 to 5 bedrooms with 2 suites and other things like pool, multiple car parking, bar, barbecue, garden and security features. Built up area will be around 400 sq. meters on 500 sq. meter plots. Some houses will offer fancy features like terrace garden, waterfall or landscaping. Most houses will come with basic fittings. The $400,000 To $500,000 Range Below $450,000 you will get houses in good locations in town with large built area of around 420 sq. meters on larger plots of around 700 sq. meters. In addition to previously mentioned facilities you will get play areas or playgrounds, fancy swimming pool, kennel and living quarters for employees. Between $450,000 to $500,000 you can expect better locations, larger and better gardens, bigger plots up to 1500 sq. meters. You can also get houses on the seaside if you opt for smaller plots up to 900 sq. meters. You can also opt for houses in well planned condos with premium modern construction and private garden. The plots in these cases are likely to be about 500 sq meters. The $500,000 To $700,000 Range You will get very lovely houses in good locations either in town, near the beach or with a sea view. You can expect 380 to 600 sq. meters built area on plots of up to 1200 sq meters. Typical houses have 4 to 5 bedrooms with at least 2 suites. Facilities such as covered car parking, jacuzzi, sauna, living space for employees, office, security systems and nice party areas with bar and barbecue can be expected. Above $700,000 In this budget you will get large, very well designed houses in nice localities a short walk from the beach. You can expect about 750 sq. meters construction on plots in excess of 2500 sq. meters with at least 4 bedrooms and multiple suites. All other facilities mentioned in cheaper options will be available but will be of much better quality. For example, you can expect huge professionally designed gardens, large party areas with dining facilities and separate washrooms for ladies and gents. If you prefer a beach front home, then relatively smaller but luxurious beach front homes with direct beach access are available. Typical houses of this type will offer about 400 sq. meters of construction on about 500 sq. meter plots. 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