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May 18, 2023

Welcome to the Nick Taylor Horror Show.

John Truby is a widely known name in the realms of screenwriting and storytelling, having shaped the narratives of over 1,000 film scripts as a consultant. John is also the author of multiple books, including 'Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller,' and his latest release, 'The Anatomy of Genres: How Story Forms Explain the Way the World Works,' which delves into the core elements that shape various genres, with a big focus on horror.

On top of being an acclaimed author, John is also a lecturer and course creator with online courses that meticulously analyze multiple genres, and his horror/fantasy/sci-fi class is truly excellent.

In today's conversation, we'll be dissecting the horror genre, from its structural elements to its primal effects on human beings. We'll explore common mistakes in horror scripts and discuss how writers can keep their horror narratives fresh and riveting.

This interview is packed with insight, and we've designed it to be a tight 30-minute segment that can be easily revisited whenever you're about to embark on a new horror project, so I hope you enjoy and get a lot out of it.

John is clearly the real deal when it comes to understanding genre, and I would put his work alongside Save the Cat and On Writing By Steven King when it comes to your essential intake materials. 

I recommend getting his new book and downloading his horror course to get the most out of his materials. To get your hands on John's new book, 'The Anatomy of Genres,' head over to, and for more information about his story courses and story software, visit

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