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What is horror?
« on: June 01, 2013, 02:40:54 AM »
I know we have had discussions about this, but I ran across this article about the Horror genre and found it really interesting. Thought I would share in case anyone here might be interested in it as well.

http://www.horror.org/horror-is.htm

I would guess the article has been out there for years, but it was new to me :)
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Re: What is horror?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 03:02:53 AM »
I like the Douglas Winter quote. Sums up my thoughts.

Horror, to me, has been the back-burning subgenre that gets tacked on at the end incase need be requires seperate shelving. In literature, horror is much harder to define than through the visual arts. You know when you're watching a horror movie. At least in the modern ones. The older ones I would argue would be more dark fantasy, supernatural fantasy, or even thriller.

As such, these labels are easier to define, so horror gets put under the bus. Basing a book on its tone is one reason why labeling is hard. It's much easier to categorize a book by its tropes and usages then by the atmosphere and mood.
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