The Horror Genre and Why I Love It

Horror covers all fiction that is designed to startle, frighten, and/or disgust (I don’t care for that one) the reader, provoking terror and creating an eerie atmosphere.

It began with Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley and we still read them today. Heck, we even make movies about their monsters.

I don’t write horror. But when I’m looking for horror, I’m looking for exactly that feeling. The feeling of eeriness that carries on long after the story is done.

What scares me most:

Insane people acting normal. My first taste of that was a movie called The Eyes of Laura Mars. I jumped at every unexpected sound for weeks.

Evil entities: I think the first time I was really, really scared was when I read ‘Salem’s Lot. I stayed up to all hours and was convince that reading one more chapter would calm me down. It didn’t happen. Night had a new meaning to me for quite a while.

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

― Stephen King

I watched the American Werewolf in London. I was at a drive-in (remember them) and ran all the way to the bathroom and back. When I was heading back to the car the scene with the man being chased in the underground was playing. I couldn’t move my behind fast enough.

I love to be scared, but after years of watching and reading horror it takes a heck of a lot to scare me.

What scares you?

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16 responses to “The Horror Genre and Why I Love It

  1. It takes a lot to scare me and I think it’s humans that scare me the most. After all, I know that the other monsters aren’t real…are they? LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. Salem’s Lot is absolutely terrifying!

    And I love a good psychological horror story. Also, anything creepy – the kind of thing that has you looking over your shoulder, checking under the bed, jumping at any little sound. 🙂

  3. The villain wrapped up in niceness or as friends–the last one you suspect. I don’t care for horror movies I don’t like those images in my head, however, I do enjoy a scary novel or thriller. Some movies where it’s based on suggestion and feeling rather than how graphic they can make it. I like being scared but not horrified at the idea/image or disgusted as you said.

    The first Nightmare on Elm Street scared the crap out of me the first time I watched it. Probably the only one that ever did truly scare me as in kept me awake all night hearing things. It was the dream or mind connect that gets me. Ghost stories scare me but movie wise not seen a lot of good ones–or books really although there have been some I enjoyed but did not grip me. I do like Braum’s vampire as well as Frankenstein in movies and books etc but they don’t scare me, instead, fascinate me in the symbology of the use of the monster.

    Loved King’s The Dead Zone, liked READing Pet Cemetary-but not so much the movie, like several Koontz like ODD.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

    • I’ll have to check out ODD.

      And I still remember watching Halloween from behind a chip bag. Every time saw ‘him’ and Jamie Lee didn’t I trembled inside. What a thrill. 🙂

  4. I have a soft spot for horror as well. Once upon a time, I fancied I would try to write some, but it didn’t come out as I’d hoped. Live and learn.

  5. The imagination is the most powerful thing. Today’s horror creators don’t seem to get that. They feel that describing/showing someone being tortured is the way to do horror and that’s just not scary. I often talk about Paranormal Activity–the way things were happening OFF SCREEN and you couldn’t see them and it scared the heck out of you. THAT’s what’s scary to me. This “torture porn” is just way too much for me.

  6. I love Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I first read it during junior high and it wasn’t even required reading. (Yeah, I’m a book nerd). Still, I don’t read a lot of horror, though I love Stephen King’s Delores Clairborne. And can’t see myself writing in the genre at all. But I do watch more horror than I read and I have a love/hate relationships wit normal looking yet twisted and sick people. Or there’s a normal scene, where everything is all rosy. But you know it’s not and you’re waiting when something will pop at you but it never happens. Then when you finally let your guard down, BOOM, it happens and I’m practically jumping out my chair. SMH, I hate that. What am I afraid of…zombies. That’s just not natural. Maybe it’s the cannibalistic of it but they’re un-dead, so you can’t call them cannibals, right? Shudder.

  7. I am a huge fan of suspense. Recently I watched the entire Alien series. Part of the success in the series in my eyes is the level of suspense built prior to the alien specific scenes. Ghost movies tend to scare me. When the Ring came out, I had nightmares for 7 days, just like the movie said I would. LOL

  8. You’ve named one of my all time horror stories, The Eyes of Laura Mars. That still makes my skin creep and I haven’t seen that in years. I think we all love to be scared and good horror will definitely do that.

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