The Nightmare Engine Academy

If you're drawn to the macabre, find solace in the shadows, and revel in the art of weaving nightmares, you've come to the right place.

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of this newsletter, dedicated to the craft of horror writing. My name is David Viergutz and I am not only an author with 18+ published novels, but also the host of The Nightmare Engine Podcast, where I delve into the darkest corners of the genre.

With a passion for horror that led me to earn an MFA (where I studied the genre exclusively), my time on the streets as a police officer (where I’ve seen the worst of what humanity is capable of) and tens of thousands of horror books sold, I'm excited to offer my unique perspective and expertise about truly scary stuff to fellow aficionados and aspiring horror writers alike.

In this newsletter, we'll explore the eerie realms of character development, plot, atmosphere and other craft related techniques that take your horror stories to a new level.