Writing Techniques in Press Enter

John Varley
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Press Enter features a tried-andtrue technique for creating suspense often found in horror stories. There is little plot because there are few events that involve the premise of the story.

Instead, the story is a slow gathering of details that by their accumulation create foreboding. H. P. Lovecraft, for one, often used this technique in such stories as "The Whisperer in Darkness" (1931). The objective is to hold the audience's attention with a diversion while slowly introducing details that each add to a menacing danger to the main characters. In Press Enter , the characters Apfel and Foo are wounded souls struggling to heal each other. As such, they are interesting; they invite the audience to root for them and to worry about their well-being in a threatening environment. Tension is created by their involvement in an ever more sinister situation, and suspense is created by the hope they will...

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