Horror Isabelle Ludka, Hayley Lyons, EliJah Mayzes, Carter Brady


Webster's Dictionary gives the definition of horror as "a painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay." It stands to reason that "horror fiction" is fiction that elicits the same emotions in the reader. It doesn't have to be full of ghosts, ghouls, and things to go bump in the night, though. The only requirement is that it brings out a reaction associated with fear and dread.

Body horror is a sub genre of horror based on gore and grotesque imagery to urge a fear response.

Monster Delay is a term used when a movie waits to show the monster in a movie until the end or not at all. This is a good tactic because it uses the imagination of the viewer to scare.

How to Write horror

1. Explore interesting and horrible events, characters or phenomena

2. They cause fear as well as a sense of the uncanny, like things are not what they seem.

3. Shocking, frightening and unexpected plot twists.

4. Initiate a sense of suspense, putting the characters in the way of danger, not always fatal. IE) vampires will change someone into a vampire.

5. Give the characters personality. Most horror films tend to take easier routes with this, but it's just as easy to make your characters just as lovable and quirky as any other genre (this way it makes a much more emotional impact when these characters are in danger).

Tip for Writing Horror: use past experiences to find the right kinds of horror to really scare your audience. Try to take yourself back to a moment of true fear, that way your writing will be more authentic.

There have been millions of horror movies, and that's no exaggeration. Some of the earliest examples are still around today, things like:

Frankenstein's monster
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

But as you all know, there are many horror movies that are completely new ideas, and as time goes on they will continue to be made. As long as people can be scared, people will be trying to make money off of it.

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