October 2023

Tricks and Treats: How to Prompt Spooky, Gothic, and Horror Content in Kaiber

From subtle chills to outright terror, the right word makes all the difference. This guide will help you craft your prompts and bring your dark visions to life!


Within the realm of horror, language plays a pivotal role. It is the bridge that connects the viewer to the shadowy landscapes and the lurking entities of the unknown.

Changing a word like "fear" to "dread" can transform a video from a mild unease to a paralyzing anticipation. Similarly, "unsettling" hints at something beyond our understanding, while "horrifying" directly confronts the unspeakable.

Synonyms can offer different shades of fear. A corridor can be "dimly lit," suggesting a lack of light, or "shadow-drenched," evoking a tangible darkness. Ultimately, the language of horror is an art form itself, achieved through careful word choice.

Figure centered, looking at a red-skied decaying metropolis.

Spooky Styles and Subjects

From the scary "Eldritch" stories of Lovecraft to the dark and creepy art of gothic painters, each word in the horror vocabulary has a special meaning. "Tenebrism" and "Chiaroscuro" describe how artists use light to create intense and dramatic effects in dark scenes. "Visceral Detail" is a term used to describe a graphic moment, while "Danse Macabre" makes you think of a dance of death.

The words below are a good place to start with your prompts. They include specific styles and subjects that, when included, will make a drastic difference in your output.

Ghoul centered, covered in red tendrils and webbing.


1. Abandoned asylum

2. Biohorror

3. Cybergoth

4. Danse Macabre

5. Dark Romanticism

6. Gothic Art

Dreary Descriptors

The words below allow you to give a new meaning to the subjects you include in your prompt. For example: a simple “Forest” will give you a different result than a “Haunted Forest”. shift Words like "Disturbing," "Demonic," "Shadowy," and "Spectral" can magnify the fear factor of any basic term.








Horror Artists

Artists like "HR Giger" and "Zdzislaw Beksinski" have paved the way with their distinctive styles, creating masterpieces that evoke fear, fascination, and admiration. From "Tim Burton's" quirky gothic tales to "Junji Ito's" spiraling nightmares, these artists bring our darkest fears to life.


1. Alan Schaller

2.Charles Addams

3.Hieronymus Bosch

4.HR Giger

5.Junji Ito

6.Tim Burton

Example Prompts

  1. In a Disturbing abandoned asylum, Dark shadows hint at Otherworldly apparitions, captured in the Gothic Noir in the style of HR Giger.
  2. A Haunted forest with Gloomy chiaroscuro lighting, where Visceral rituals take place, in the style of Zdzislaw Beksinski's.
  3. Sinister specters dancing in a Gothcore ballroom, bathed in the Blood moon's glow, in the style of Junji Ito.
  4. An Eerie Victorian mansion with Decaying walls, housing Grotesque Imagery and portraits, in the style of Hieronymus Bosch.

Final Thoughts

Horror prompting is an intricate dance between language, imagery, and the psyche. Its strength lies in its subtlety: a carefully chosen word or image can evoke a world of terror, drawing upon our deepest fears.

If you're looking for even more powerful words to elevate your Horror Prompt writing, then check out our Horror Thesaurus, available here.

Now go create your own horrifying visuals, or else…

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Tricks and Treats: How to Prompt Spooky, Gothic, and Horror Content in Kaiber