I love Horror! Totally! Scary movies and books. Mind you, that should be really scary. And not blood and guts stuff. I enjoy being scared. I love the euphoric sense of belief at the end of it. I trust them characters more that the ones that appear in the sane world!
Originally posted on nightmirrors:
Horror fans, be it books or films, are some of the most difficult people to please. Most “non-horror” folks rely on misconceived perceptions of the genre to shelve it under, “I don’t like all that blood and guts stuff.” Which is what horror is and which, of course, is what horror is not. The challenge with the genre is that it encompasses far more than any other type of writing. Yes maybe monsters…or psychos…or ghosts…or maybe just the surreal or the slightly crazy or just the troubled. Which is why I believe it is better served if we just relabel it “dark fiction.” The genre is, after all, the study of the darker side of our world.
The length and depth of the possible things that fit under the heading of Horror is why its fans are so hard to please. Each fan has their own particular sub-genre in mind when they define “good” horror. This alleged “blood and guts” art attracts some of the smartest and most introspective fans of any fiction. They are open to an exploration of fear, but the cost for the creator is very high expectations of content. Unfortunately, this often lends itself to an insistence that dark fiction writers cease and desist with certain story lines. In no other genre will you experience as many proclamations to stop. “Stop writing vampire stories,” “no more zombie books,” and “enough with the psychos!” Horror fans want more, they want new, they want different. To which I very politely answer…eat me!
I don’t rebel against that desire because I don’t agree with the sentiment. It takes a lot to frighten me and I expect horror creators to do a good job at it. I just disagree that any subject, regardless of the number of times it has received treatment should be “off limits” to book or film. Here’s why. I have in my book case Dracula, Salem’s Lot, 13 Bullets, I Am Legend, and The Stake. They are all vampire stories and I love them all. I also have The Cell, The Stand, Monster Island, The Rising, and Ex-Heroes. They are all zombie books and I love them all. In the future I will read more zombie books and more vampire books and of course many other “horror” novels. I’ll write a few myself. The same will apply to the movies I watch and the ones I will hope they will make.