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ironpony
April 1st, 2019, 07:46 AM
I wasn't sure if this was the right forum for to ask this, so if it was the wrong one, I apologize. For my story, which is in this crime thriller genre, which title do you think sounds the best or grabs you, or do I need a new title entirely, do you think?


The Madness Never Stops Policy

In The Mood For Terror

Nihilopolis

Just Another Terror Tale

Just Another Terror Wave

Jacqui Jay
April 30th, 2019, 11:14 AM
Hi There, I'm brand new to the forum and not sure how qualified I am to give advice, but – from a reader's POV – I like 'Madness Never Stops' ; that is, without the first and last words. I think the word 'just' at the beginning of a title diminishes the work and Nihilopolis is a bit of a mouthful, I'm afraid. Unless one is a masochist, I don't believe anyone is ever in the mood for terror. It's hard to give advice without knowing at least the gist of the story. :P

Olly Buckle
April 30th, 2019, 01:29 PM
Welcome to the forum Jacqui Jay, I would agree with all those points, sensible comments.

Bard_Daniel
May 2nd, 2019, 03:48 PM
I also agree with Jacqui Jay. That would be the best title. None of the other ones, for me, really work.

The Carcosan Herald
May 3rd, 2019, 12:36 PM
I'm inclined to agree with Jacqui Jay (by the way, welcome to the forums!) in their choice of title for your particular piece. I want to add, however, that 'Nihilopolis' could be a good title for a dystopian thriller, and 'Just Another Terror Tale/Wave' might apply to a black comedy ("Nothing to see here!" he says, just as blood seeps through beneath the door). Something to consider for future works, perhaps.

epimetheus
May 3rd, 2019, 02:36 PM
With no context Nihilopolis best catches my imagination.

Olly Buckle
May 3rd, 2019, 11:26 PM
Is it the one about crooked cops? How about 'Nihilopolice' ?

Bard_Daniel
May 4th, 2019, 04:26 PM
Is it the one about crooked cops? How about 'Nihilopolice' ?

Ooooooo! That sounds like a race against time set in a sci-fi/apocalyptic/desolate setting though..... \\:D/

ironpony
May 7th, 2019, 03:06 AM
Is it the one about crooked cops? How about 'Nihilopolice' ?

Well the cops only become crooked in the third act, cause of something that compels them to cross the line, but it's only in the third act though, so would a title like that work if the police were only crooked for the third act, and not the majority?

ironpony
May 7th, 2019, 03:12 AM
I'm inclined to agree with Jacqui Jay (by the way, welcome to the forums!) in their choice of title for your particular piece. I want to add, however, that 'Nihilopolis' could be a good title for a dystopian thriller, and 'Just Another Terror Tale/Wave' might apply to a black comedy ("Nothing to see here!" he says, just as blood seeps through beneath the door). Something to consider for future works, perhaps.

Okay thanks, I intended it to be a black comedic sounding title, but if it sounds underwhelming, than maybe that's bad. As for Nihilopolis sounding like a dystopian thriller, it's set in modern times, and it's basically just a city with a lot of nihilism going on in the plot, but it's modern times.

Olly Buckle
May 7th, 2019, 11:02 AM
Well the cops only become crooked in the third act, cause of something that compels them to cross the line, but it's only in the third act though, so would a title like that work if the police were only crooked for the third act, and not the majority?

Ah, that makes it a bit of a plot spoiler doesn't it?

ironpony
May 10th, 2019, 12:20 AM
Yep I suppose it does, so I guess I shouldn't use Nihilpolice then?