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Transcript of Horror
- is a genre of literature which is
intended to, or has the capacity to frighten its readers by
introducing feelings of fear and terror.
-far from civilization
-has the elements of crime/ detective story
~any creepy thing that can’t
be found in the real world
~ vampires, ghosts, monsters, zombies, etc
-contains fantasy elements with
a horror twist
~mash-up of science fiction and
~aliens, robots, space travel
~driven by characters’ fears
combines elements of
both horror and romance
~extreme horror, with graphic
and gory violence
of Horror Literature
~combines sexual imagery with horror overtones
~ horror derived from certain belief systems
Elements of Horror Literature
Setting is descriptive and usually takes place in one location
Main characters are people we can understand
Explores the dark, nasty side of humanity
Mood is foreboding, menacing, bleak
Plot contains frightening and unexpected incidents
Most stories are told in the third person
Violence, often graphic occurs
Lives depend on the success of the protagonist
TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED ON WRITING IN THIS GENRE
Try to be original
Plan your story in advance
Create strong, identifiable characters
Study the classic horror novels
Do your research
read EVERYTHING you can
Try to pick a subject that scares you personally
PUBLISHED WORK IN
Edgar Allan Poe
Effective uses of
structure and style
Prologue or short chapter
A prologue or short chapter
main characters have been introduced
Increasing weird/ violent events
The major horror event
the major horror event
Final chapter or Epilogue
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
“You can’t please all of the readers all of the time; you can’t please even some of the readers all of the time, but you really ought to try to please at least some of the readers some of the time.”
“Write with the door closed, and rewrite with the door open.”
What does Horror Literature intend to
do to its readers?
This sub-genre combines elements of both horror and romance.
c) Dark Fantasy
This sub-genre is driven by a characters' fears.
What is one element in horror literature?
What does the term "backfill" mean?
What was the title of Stephen King's book?
Give 3 tips on writing a horror story.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.
* writing a horror book
* interests in reading
The Genre o
a) the major horror event
b) increasing weird/ violent events
c) a prologue or short chapter
d) when the characters have been introduced
a) The Shinning
b) The Raven
c) None of the above
- main character wishes that one day he will be reunited with his deceased beloved in Paradise
An alcoholic father takes a job as the off-season caretaker of an isolated mountain resort, in order to work on his writing and become closer to his family. The son is a psychic, a "shiner", who can see the hauntings in the hotel.
Will Smith- After Earth Trailer
Fear is not real, it is a product of thoughts you create. Now don't misunderstand me; danger is very real, but fear is a choice."
Will Smith- After Earth Trailer
contains a tense atmosphere and freaky supernatural occurrences
explores the dark side of humanity through the father's alcoholism and anger problem