I’m working on a story about a girl who escapes a doomsday cult – right before a virus breaks out that turns people into violent psychopaths (technically not zombies, but pretty close )
There’s plenty of suspense and near-death encounters, but also some creepy religious stuff in the cult – but not overly bloody, sexual, or Satanic. I want to explore how regular people can become brainwashed into following a charismatic leader. For example, a father refuses to defend his young daughter against the cult leader’s harsh discipline after she’s caught reading a newspaper.
Does Horror have to be SUPER SCARY or can it include more subtle scares, like psychological trauma?