5 Quite Useful Writing Books for Dark Authors

Writing the Paranormal Novel

Writing the Paranormal Novel:
Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story.

Author Steven Harper guides you through gathering the elements of a paranormal novel; creating supernatural characters but also keeping it real; creating your arc, plot and subplot; handling paranormal pacing; working on dialogue; polishing your paranormal novel; and adds a chapter on facing reality, refusing criticism, and getting published.

Writing Steampunk

Writing Steampunk: Beth Daniels covers everything from creating your characters (both human and mechanical) to world building, using research aids, researching technology, where to begin, and finding markets for your work.

Encyclopedia of Vampires and Werewolves

Encyclopedia of Vampires and Werewolves: An excellent reference book to keep handy while you're researching your novel and working on writing it.

On Writing, by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. This memoir is a thought provoking book for writers of any genre, not just horror. It's not a how-to book, just a glimpse into how Stephen King became one of the most successful writers (not just genre writers) in the world.

On Writing Horror

On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association was published in 2006. It includes essays by Mort Castle, Douglas E. Winter, Joyce Carol Oates, Jack Ketchum, Ramsay Campbell, Tom Piccirilli, and Yvonne Navarro among others. Themes include Genre & Subgenre; Horror Business - Selling, Marketing and Promoting; Tradition and Modern Times; Horror Crafting; Developing Horror Concepts; and An Education in Horror.