…horror is essential, because, like no other emotion, fear deepens our connections to characters, makes us root for the good guys and hate the bad guys, and feel relief and excitement when the threat has passed.
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How can you love the horror, a genre that turns fear and violence into entertainment? And when you do harbor such affection for the macabre, how do you draw the line between that recreational fantasy horror and reality?
The list of horror authors that have had their work adapted into video games includes the Clive Barker, Stephen King, and H.P. Lovecraft. Considering the wide range of stories out there in horror fiction, very few have been adapted.
Horror does not have to be inherently nihilistic, although that worldview certainly has its place. I believe that some horror can hold up a mirror to us, show us our errors, our mistakes, our monsters—and also challenge us to be flexible about how we think about the world, and in doing so, find the light in the darkness.
Jason, Freddy, and The Shape combined can’t scare you like a pregnancy can. Okay, I am biased. I just watched my wife go through the trials and tribulations of a confusing and emotional pregnancy. Regardless, I think it’s time we—and by we, I mean the collective man—get a grip and respect the rollercoaster of emotions and physical threats that a woman undergoes when it’s the day or night of the big event.
The more we see those in power misuse that power, the more likely we are to see this kind of horror born of immoral authority that enforces compliance through strength.
“I wanted to find my tribe.”
– Wi-Moto Nyoka, creator of Black Women Are Scary and founder of Dusky Projects
In reading The Shining, in walking into Room 217, I was introduced to the power that the horror story can have. Instead of running, screaming from that room I plunked myself down in a chair and took notes.
Establishing yourself as an author is the most difficult part of the process and getting your name out there in the world can be a huge challenge.