1. Steve C. says:

    I’ve never really been a fan of horror. More times than not the story is either a glorification of evil, or it gives evil a power and position it doesn’t have. (Meaning, evil is so often portrayed as a power greater than good, such as Freddy or Jason being basically unstoppable.)

    I realize that mainly speaks to secular tales, but even in the Christian market I find it hard to justify horror as a legit genre. It feeds those parts of us that we really ought not feed. (I have very good friends who are horror film fanatics, and they often talk about “loving” being scared watching these things at night.)

    CS Lewis once argued that, yes, evil (specifically in children’s literature) ought to be as evil as possible, the threat ought to be great and terrifying, but only to show good as being stronger- to make the hero that much greater, and the victory that much sweeter. …That I can see.

    I don’t know, I could be wrong, but I just cannot help but think that life is just too darn short to waste with stories of demon in dark rooms, slit throats, or armies of the flesh-eating dead.

    But, that’s me.


  2. Dane Tyler says:

    Latching onto a known horror and using it to introduce an unknown, or larger horror. Great analysts and, if I may, great tip.

  3. I’ve learned to appreciate horror, yet not as a standalone genre. I think horror elements in broader story contexts, such as the horror scenes in The Lord of the Rings or in novels or anime stories, comport more with reality.

    See also: romance.

  4. Mark Carver says:

    Still no takers for the movie quote article title?

  5. Lisa says:

    Stephen King often talks about using a fear that many people have as the basis for generating fear in his books. For example, clowns and It (shudder). I can enjoy a creepy story now and again, but I just can’t read demonic ones. I guess because other scary stories I can dismiss as not-true (vampire, werewolves, for example) but demons I can’t, so the horror is just too close to home. And I basically much prefer a suspense story where the horror elements are more psychological than spelled out (a la Hitchcock). There are a few King novels I really enjoy, though, I have to admit.

What do you think?