Horror Stories by Stevenson and Greene
Horror stories are an excellent traditional genre. This genre has been
around for almost as long as stories have been told. In this
generation there is not much that can really scare us, but what does
actually make a good horror story?
Horror stories need to have a good and intimidating storyline, it
needs to play on people's fears, it also needs to give its audience a
real thrill and send chills down their spines. The horror story may be
based on phobias, superstitions, murder or science fiction. Horror
stories that involve science can be really scary sometimes, as this
modern world is vastly developing, and we sometimes wonder what
science can do. If a relatively small atom bomb can wipe out a large
city than science can basically do anything, and this is what scares
us. What also really scares us, is when a horror story is based on
something we know little about, "the unknown," this includes aliens,
Horror stories contain lots of tension and suspense; it has got to
keep its readers on the edge of their seat, making them think what's
going to happen next? A good horror story usually involves some kind
of history, something that has happened in the past, this creates
tension, suspense and creates and element of mystery for the reader.
When humans don't know something, their hormones naturally make them
want to know the thing even more; this is why the element of mystery
and the suspense works really well in horror stories, luring the
reader onto reading the rest of the story.
In a horror story, lots of imagery is used, to create an atmosphere,
this includes darkness bad weather, blood, death, also symbols of
horror such as crows and the devil. These imagery work well because it
scares humans. With the story having a scary atmosphere the reader is
more vulnerable to being frightened. Along with the imagery used, the
setting whereby the horror takes its place is an important part of a
horror story. This also helps create a daunting atmosphere. Also a
specific setting maybe associated with horror such as a graveyard or a
marooned big castle, when this type of setting is used it creates an
even better atmosphere, as the reader recognises the setting and
associates it with horror.
In successful horror stories assorted types of characters is used,
this mixture is fairly important in the making of a good horror story.
This mixture is imperative as using various characters allows the
author to explore different aspects of people's personalities, which
can be used to explore the menacing side of people's personality, and
the author can also explore how other humans interact with the scary
side to someone's personality.
A type of character that is very common in horror stories is the
sinister, obsessive character; this is usually the villain of the
story. This character creates the tension in the storyline and may be
the main character of the...