Friday, 13 May 2016

'H' is for Horror

Horror is a genre that'll make you sweat, and scream, and cry. It's best read at witching hour, when the world is quiet and eerie, and the full moon has swallowed the sky.

(For once, we agree.)

Horror plays on the deepest darkest fears of the human race. Sickness. Death. The unknown. Most books contain at least a couple of elements of horror, if only for shock factor. From in-depth descriptions of gory wounds, to clairvoyant nightmares and creepy graveyards, horror weaves its way through every story...

Not to mention several genres.

I love Gothic Horror. It's a genre of sprawling manors, where byronic and classical heroes go toe-to-toe, and everyone goes to hell at the end.

(Sometimes literally.)

Although it's still around, Gothic Horror had its hey day in the 1700s, when it was basically the equivilent of dystopia - people kept churning it out until the market was saturated and it became impossible to dig the good stories out from beneath the bad.

Gothic Horror books include -

Zombie Fiction is very popular right now, what with the world's obsession with The Walking Dead. It's exactly what it says on the tin - anything involving zombies, the undead, or the eating of brains.

Zombie Fiction includes -

Ghost Stories and Urban Legends are two of my favourite genres. Both of them have a long history because, apparently, the one thing that people just can't get enough of is fear. Ghosts usually have unfinished business, and they can be good or evil. Urban Legends vary from the extremely famous (Bloody Mary, Loch Ness Monster, etc.) to the really obscure, to the completely made-up. I'd also include books that incorporate folklore (mirrors as gateways to other realms, the fey as they were before Disney and the like hijacked them, etc.) in creepy ways in this as folklore is, in a way, just another type of urban legend.

Ghost Stories and Urban Legends include -

(The Raven King? Seriously?)

What? That series could get pretty creepy at times. 

(Awesome things always do.)

On this, we agree.

What's the creepiest book you've ever read? Has a horror book ever kept you up at night? And do you like zombie fiction, or should it have stayed dead?