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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.
10th House - Astrology - 10th House of Status : The Mid heaven or southern angle, the cusp or line of which is touched by the Sun at midday during noontime everyday at all the places on Earth, is known as the 10th House or Medium Coeli. This is why it is known as the principal or supreme angle of the heaven, according to heavenly calculations. The 10th House is an important feature as all the arcs of the directions to the angles are calculated from the Right Ascension of the Mid heavens. The astrological predictions make it the most important aspects related to the all arcs of directions. It is the most important aspect as it is related to matters like fame, name, recognition and honor. Western as well as Hindu astrologers maintain that planets are powerful when they occupy any house between 1 and 4 or 7 and 10. The four houses are called Kendra or angular houses in the horoscope and considered having great yield. The planets which occupy any of the houses said to rule power, of doing what they indicate by nature and by lordship. The Houses 2, 5, 8 and 11 are known as succeeding or panaphara houses and these planets are not powerful enough like the Kendra or angular houses, but have moderate strength. The 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th houses have the weakest influence - known as the apoklima or cadent houses. For example, a person may lack suitable opportunities, depending on their merit or skills. The angular, succeeding and cadent houses correspond to fixed, mutable and common signs of the zodiac according to their power and influence. Effects of the 10th House The 10th House is the House of Lordship, dignity and esteem. It is known as the apex of the horoscope, as it indicates mans earthly achievements that are attained through name, fame, power, credit, success, conduct, status, rank, repute, authority and ambition. The standing of a person in his professional life and society should be determined in terms of his material responsibilities, and his contacts in the higher circles. This is what is indicated by the 10th House, the occupants of the 10th House and its constellations. Questions related to worldly actions and moral responsibilities are determined by this House. It presides over inclinations, preferences, permanence, professional growth etc. It demonstrates how one achieves affluence or superiority by occupying an exalted appointment or elective office. The principal influence on the 10th House is occupation, or business, although the 10th House is not the sole indicator of these aspects, but includes the 2nd and 6th Houses - the Material Trinity - which represent material gains. Hence, in everyday life, we often come across people who pursue ends or vocations that they do not have the aptitude or qualifications for. Others swap careers often, while there are people who carry out several activities simultaneously. In maximum cases, people choose their vocations not because of liking, but for financial profits. Hence, the 10th House represents Pravritti, representing respect for improvement. The 6th House represents service, routine, monotony and drudgery that a person is forced to continue whether he likes it or not. The 2nd House indicates the consequences of self-acquisition, which is monetary advantage through labor. Influence of the Planets on the 10th House Neptuneon your 10th House indicates occupations involving inspiration, mystery and secrecy like secret services, music, singing, art etc. One may also be connected with the marine industries. Dignified aspects of Neptuneindicate inspiration, position, honor and achievement. It may threaten danger to parents. Unfavorable positioning indicates disgrace, scandals etc. Uranusbrings about an erratic, unconventional, eccentric, but original aspect. With a well-aspected placement, Uranus harbors creativity, novel plans, originality and success. Mercury may stand for talent, but Uranus is all for genius. A lot of reformers, astrologers and scientists are born under its influence. Sudden changes in occupation are indicated. The slow and sluggish aspect of Saturn, if favorably placed, makes the person rise through industry, patience and perseverance, although there might be delays and interruptions. Saturn is generally subordinate and an affliction often leads to public discredit. The native may be talented, but lacks suitable avenues and opportunities. If the benevolence of Jupiter is well-connected to the 10th House, it definitely indicates honor and high position. As the ruler of justice and good morals, Jupiter ensures that the morality level of the person is high. The person will make money through just methods and make a good testimony for financial, social and political success. The militant nature of Mars when well-placed, allows a person energy, enterprise, force, will, courage and executive abilities. One can therefore lead any industry, or conduct a business successfully, especially with Mars placed in a mutable sign. Occupations using fire, iron or sharp tools are ideal. Affliction causes arrogance and aggression. Mutable Mercury brings in business success and entrepreneurship. This leads to mental and occult success as well. Mercury indicates plurality where one may be involved in more than a single occupation. Mercury is usually successful in its subordinate capacity and professions like engineering, export, import, international trade and post are ideal. Venusis peaceful and passive and indicates patronage from ladies in social, musical and artistic pursuits. Popularity is good humored and acquired in an affable manner, instead of by merit. Venus influences jobs which require refinement, artistic natures, and entertainment, as well as jobs where womens needs should be met for attaining success. The Sun is dignified and stands for honor, success, authority, power, distinction, prosperity, public support and patronage. It ensures success in government spheres, where credit is definite and success is steady, irrespective of what profession a person is in. the favor of superiors helps one to rise through responsibility and success. The mutable Moon rules the general public. This is why her placement in the 10th House indicates a successful public life. However, with the Moon being mutable, changes and alterations in public life are also indicated. The person might thus be popular in public life, although the popularity may not be longstanding. Indications of the 10th House The 10th House is known as the karmasthana which involves performing the last rites of the parents, attending religious rituals and yajnas, and work and make money. As a coincidence, they also lose either parent while they are flying in success. Indicating the father and the mother, the 10th House implies makarasthana or death-inflicting houses. The reference of the House is also to the employers or superior in profession and trade, the judge and the government. The native should govern the wealth inherited from the patrimony. This hereditary income stems from the ancestors. Representing Agya, the 10th House also rules commissions and orders. While the 9th House governs long journeys, the 10th House looks after pilgrimages. The 10th House rules aspects like prosperity, honor, trade, permanence, preeminence, authority, sports, sacrifice, agriculture, medicine, morality, teaching, intellect, adoption and command over the mantras. One needs to discover their position in the world through the 10th Bhava. Applications of the 10th Bhava Madhya Meshurana Jeevana - livelihood Rajaspadada - kingdom Sat - good Mana - honor Kriyam - sacrifice Vyapara - commerce, business or trade Aspada - position or rank Artha - wealth Pravrithi - inclination Karma - occupation Guna - quality Jaya - success Author of this article Biswarup Tarafder is a successful professional Astrologer having 16+ years of experience in Traditional Indian Vedic Astrology and KP Stellar System. Presently practising online for people in USA, Canada, UK and India.He is an expert in Relationship and Finance / Career astrology. Now if you are looking forward to get a detailed and authentic analysis of your horoscope based on Vedic Astrology ( KP System ) book a consultation with him by clicking on either of the following links.
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