|Information on the thriller genre can be difficult to find because people
often mix it in with mystery. The links below offer some information on
the genre for anyone writing a thriller.
Writers, Inc. The professional writing organization for thriller
writers. The site features a description of what a thriller is, as a
What is a Thriller?. David Morrell offers a discussion of what a
thriller is, including a comparison with mystery.
The Joy of Thrillers. Linda Adams' look into what the elements of a
thriller are. It discusses high stakes, complex storylines, and
strengths and weaknesses of the genre.
What is a Thriller?
An excellent resource from Suburban Library System Reference Service
describing the diversity of the subgenres of thriller.
to Writing a Best Selling Thriller An article by Gayle Lynds on writing
Subgenres of Thrillers. An ongoing list of
the subgenres, starting with Action-Adventure thrillers and Disaster
Writing the Thriller, by T. Macdonald Skillman. The
only book on how to write a thriller. This discusses the different
subgenres, as well as the differences between a mystery and a thriller.
Sixteen Differences Between Mystery and Thriller
Carolyn Wheat compares core differences between thriller and mystery.
The article is good for writers who are working on a crime thriller.
Mystery vs. Suspense Thriller Book Genres
Janet L. Smith compares thriller and mystery. Again, good for
writers who are working on a crime thriller.
A Fine Line:
Serial Killer Thrillers. Mystery Web Magazine discusses the public
fascination with serial killer thrillers. This is easily one of the most
popular subgenres of thrillers today.
Thriller Books of All Time. Reader's Digest offers an article listing ten
of the subgenres of thriller.
Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight.
Book Reporter spotlights a new thriller author each month, including all the
books they've written, a biography, and interview. A great way to see
the wide variety of thrillers available.
Writing the Action Scene. David Alexander's article on writing
action scenes for thrillers, originally published in Writer's Digest.
Thriller: Writing the Action Scene. Linda Adams' article in Vision
on writing action scenes for thrillers.