Unleashing the Unreal: Creating 9 Horror Styles with 9 AI Art Generators

5 min readOct 31, 2023

It’s that spooky time of the year again, and what better way to celebrate than to dive into the eerie world of AI-generated art? In this blog post, I will guide you through 9 unique horror styles, each created using a different AI art generator. So grab your pumpkin spice latte, sit back, and prepare to be spooked!

Dark Surrealism

A nightmarish and twisted art style that combines elements of realism and surrealism to create haunting and unsettling imagery.

AI Art Generator: NightCafe Studio

Prompt Used: A hauntingly distorted face emerging from a shadowy abyss, with elongated limbs and contorted features, rendered in a dark surrealism style reminiscent of the works of Salvador Dalí.

How to generate: I chose SDXL 1.0, then select ‘Horror’ preset, ratio 1:1

Gothic Horror

A classic art style that embraces the macabre and emphasizes eerie atmospheres, ornate architecture, and dramatic lighting.

AI Art Generator: Kandinsky 2.2

Prompt Used: A decrepit castle perched on a cliff, overlooking a stormy sea. Paint this haunting landscape using a mix of chiaroscuro and atmospheric perspective, emphasizing the looming shadows and tumultuous waves in the style of gothic horror.

How to generate: Go to the Kandinsky 2.2 in HuggingFace, write the prompt and click submit.

Psychological Horror

An art style that delves into the depths of the human mind, exploring themes of fear, anxiety, and the subconscious through distorted and unsettling visuals.

AI Art Generator: Aitubo

Prompt Used: Abandoned asylum, Neo-Expressionism, distorted, haunting, blood-red hues by Egon Schiele.

How to generate: I used Dream Shaper v8 for this image, and turned on the Lossless image function.

Body Horror

A grotesque and visceral art style that focuses on the deformation and mutilation of the human body, often using graphic and unsettling imagery.

AI Art Generator: Lumenor AI

Prompt Used: Distorted, nightmarish portrait of a figure with elongated limbs and contorted features, rendered in the distinctive style of Beksinski.

How to generate: Use Accurate 1.0 Gamma model in this app, then select Standard style.

Cosmic Horror

An art style that explores the existential dread and insignificance of humanity in the face of vast and unknown cosmic entities, often depicted through surreal and otherworldly visuals.

AI Art Generator: Easy Peasy AI

Prompt Used: Eldritch entity, eerie and angry unknown creature, Abstract Expressionism, cosmic dread, otherworldly, ominous color palette, Remedios Varo.

How to generate: Go to Easy Peasy AI and select ‘AI Images’ from the left sidebar. Then, choose ‘Artstation’ from the Style dropdown menu.

Surreal Horror

A style that combines elements of surrealism and horror to create bizarre and unsettling scenes that defy logic and provoke a sense of unease.

AI Art Generator: Krea

Prompt Used: Biomorphism, nightmarish, distorted reality, monochromatic tones, by Leonor Fini. surreal horror, digital painting.

How to generate: Select the ‘Krea’ model from the dropdown menu on the right, next to the prompt placeholder. Then, click ‘Generate’.

Beauty Horror

An art style that uses symbolic imagery to convey hidden meanings and evoke a sense of mystery and unease, often drawing inspiration from mythology and the occult.

AI Art Generator: Leonardo AI

Prompt Used: An intricate mixed media artwork depicting a surreal scene of a young girl surrounded by a swarm of malevolent, anthropomorphic creatures, each with distorted features and sharp teeth, portraying the unsettling blend of innocence and horror. By Mark Ryden.

I often use this style when creating Halloween images.

How to generate: Select Leonardo Diffusion XL, turn on Alchemy v2, and select Dynamic preset.

Lowbrow Horror

An underground art style that draws inspiration from pop culture, comic books, and B-movies to create dark and twisted imagery with a touch of humor.

AI Art Generator: Distillery

Prompt Used: Creepy clowns, Pop Surrealism, macabre, twisted humor, bold and vibrant colors, lowbrow horror.

How to generate: Go to Discord, then follow the given instructions to start generating AI images.

Cyber Horror

A futuristic art style that explores the dark side of technology and the potential horrors that may arise from a dystopian, technologically advanced society, often featuring cybernetic creatures, distorted virtual realities, and oppressive environments.

AI Art Generator: GetImg AI

Prompt Used: An eerie digital glitch transforming an innocent portrait into a nightmarish visage cyber horror style, glitch art of Rosa Menk, pixelation, distortion, and fragmented imagery to create an unsettling and abstract representation.

How to generate: I made this with Epic Diffusion model in GetImg.

So there you have it, 9 unique takes on horror using 9 AI art generators! Who knew that artificial intelligence could be this spine-chilling? Remember, the only limit to what you can create is your imagination. This Halloween, try these generators and unleash your inner artist!

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