Top 47 Suspense Quotes

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“What I like about the Carpenter take on ‘The Thing’ is the fact that it just has so much suspense. It seemed like a different story, with the horror elements.”

― Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

“Action fiction is driven more by what than by who. Put that ticking nuclear suitcase under Manhattan, and it’s relatively easy to create suspense. Literary fiction is driven more by who than by what.”

― Barry Eisler

“’Harry Potter’ shouldn’t be children’s first experience with suspense and plot turns.”

― Berkeley Breathed

“I prefer thrillers but when it’s thriller/horror, I like it. The gore is not very important to me, I prefer suspense. But I like dark films.”

― Cecile de France

“I think people like to be scared. I think people like tension and suspense in a movie.”

― Damian Lewis

“There is no suspense in inevitability.”

― Damon Lindelof

“I mean suspense, twists are almost impossible these days.”

― Danny Boyle

“The way I express ideas is through the plot, Suspense is an important part of expressing an idea.”

― Dara Horn

“In episodic TV you have to keep things secret to keep the viewer in suspense.”

― David Giuntoli

“One of my favorite authors to read is Eric Ambler, who helped pioneer the form of realistic suspense novels.”

― David Grann

“Suspense is a real tough beast in terms of the filmmaking.”

― David Slade

“I’ve said in many interviews that I like my fiction to be unpredictable. I like there to be considerable suspense.”

― George R. R. Martin

“For me, suspense is always harder and better than going for the quick, outright scare.”

― Gillian Flynn

“I think suspense is a big thing.”

― Gina Philips

“’Duel’ is one of the greatest suspense films of all time.”

― Greg Mottola

“Even though I got a late start, first publishing an essay when I was 50 years old, I’ve since written eight suspense novels.”

― Hallie Ephron

“I am more of a suspense writer. A mystery writer solves mysteries. I am a ‘high suspense’ writer.”

― Iris Johansen

“I’m a big fan of suspense and tension filmmaking, and that was my goal with ‘The Conjuring.’”

― James Wan

“I read what I like to write: romantic suspense. I also love thrillers and novels of suspense, but I can’t handle extreme violence and torture.”

― Jayne Ann Krentz

“Ideally, I like to integrate the human issues into the suspense story itself.”

― Jeffery Deaver

“In suspense novels even subplots about relationships have to have conflict.”

― Jeffery Deaver

“I’m a bit more of a suspense reader on the adult side, but my favorites were the ones I grew up reading.”

― Jennifer Armentrout

“I wanted to be Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and Hitchcock. I’d wanted to be a director since 13, and horror and the suspense thriller were the most powerful genres to me.”

― Jordan Peele

“A lot of the best suspense operates on a careful withholding of information as opposed to the doling out of information.”

― Karyn Kusama

“Suspense arises naturally from good writing – it’s not a spice to be added separately.”

― Leigh Michaels

“What keeps readers turning pages is suspense, which you can create using a variety of techniques, including tension, pacing and foreshadowing.”

― Leigh Michaels

“Before I became a suspense novelist, I wrote romantic suspense as Alicia Scott.”

― Lisa Gardner

“I think one of the appeals of suspense is to safely explore our innermost fears.”

― Lisa Gardner

“I have always loved reading a little creep-factor and a lot of suspense.”

― Lisa Jackson

“I think the best fiction is a form of psychological suspense, even though I don’t really write in that idiom.”

― Lydia Millet

“The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader, but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about what will happen to the hero.”

― Mary McCarthy

“I like to play characters that get to do it all – to have a bit of comedy here and a bit of pathos here and a bit of suspense here, that’s what’s fun.”

― Michael Shannon

“Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.”

― Mignon McLaughlin

“To me a great sci-fi movie has elements of horror and suspense.”

― Moon Bloodgood

“I keep thinking I’ll enjoy suspense novels, and sometimes I do. I’ve read about 20 Dick Francis novels.”

― Nicholson Baker

“I’m interested in the human more than I’m interested in building suspense.”

― Niels Arden Oplev

“’Without a Trace’ analyzes criminal behavior in the special context of a disappearance. We consider it a suspense thriller.”

― Nina Tassler

“This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

― Oscar Wilde

“Suspense is worse than disappointment.”

― Robert Burns

“When the reader and one narrator know something the other narrator does not, the opportunities for suspense and plot development and the shifting of reader sympathies get really interesting.”

― Sara Zarr

“The term ‘psychological thriller’ is an elastic one these days, tagged liberally on to any story of suspense that explores motivations while keeping blood and chainsaws to a minimum.”

― Susie Dent

“Every story needs an element of suspense – or it’s lousy.”

― Sydney Pollack

“I do try not to spend much time reading in the suspense genre.”

― Thomas Perry

“Hitchcock had a charm about him. He was very funny at times. He was incredibly brilliant in his field of suspense.”

― Tippi Hedren

“I think Jane Austen builds suspense well in a couple of places, but she squanders it, and she gets to the endgame too quickly. So I will be working on those things.”

― Val McDermid

“The contemporary crime novel is, at its best, a novel of character. That’s where the suspense comes from.”

― Val McDermid

“Gore, like blood and guts and stuff, I am fine. Suspense, I get super sensitive. I can’t handle it.”

― Zoe Bell
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