Saturday, April 08, 2006

What is horror?

What makes a story a horror story? From, it is "broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle or horrify the reader." It has also been described as being a novel or story "that contains a monster, whether it be supernatural, human, or a metaphor for psychological torment."-Anthony Fonseca and June Pulliam, Hooked on Horror.

Some gothic novels that started horror fiction include Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764), and especially Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. Of course there is Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Some more modern titles are Stephen King's Misery, Clive Barker's Imajica, Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby.

Horror fiction and Gothic fiction can be interchangeable at times. Within horror fiction there are also categories like ghosts and hauntings, medical horror, psychological horror, witches, vampires, monsters, and more. Check the library catalog for the above titles and more! Or go to our online databases and visit Novelist to browse other categories and authors of horror fiction.

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