Many of us horror and dark fantasy enthusiasts have heard that old adage that what you don’t see is scarier than what you DO see, that what you leave to the reader or viewer’s imagination is far more terrifying than what you overtly show.
Here’s where you all come in. I want to know what YOU think. How many of you agree with this? If you DO agree with it, how much should be left to the imagination? Is it possible to show the reader too little?
I have my own thoughts on how to best use this “less-is-more” technique, and I’ve posted them in a reply below, but I’m just one person. I’d love to hear your own takes on this concept and how you think a writer can make the most of it.