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VAMPIRES IN OUTER SPACE?. Exploring the Supernatural in Fiction Genre. Horror is Small and Warm and Damp And Wears Your Mother’s Dresses Robert Myles Hershon’s “On Horror” Salt Lake County Librarians: Joan Christensen Judy Yaka Darlene Dineen. DID YOU KNOW

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VAMPIRES

IN

OUTER SPACE?

Exploring the Supernatural

in Fiction Genre


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Horror is Small and Warm and Damp

And Wears Your Mother’s Dresses

Robert Myles Hershon’s “On Horror”

Salt Lake County Librarians:

  • Joan Christensen

  • Judy Yaka

  • Darlene Dineen


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DID YOU KNOW

Horror is one of the most pervasive literary types?

Elements of horror can be found in almost every genre including mainstream, literary, science fiction, romance, thrillers, and mystery/suspense.


What is horror

WHAT IS HORROR?

a painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay - Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

"Horror is that which cannot be made safe -- evolving, ever-changing -- because it is about our relentless need to confront the unknown, the unknowable, and the emotion we experience when in its thrall." .

– Douglas Winter


Brief history of horror

BRIEF HISTORY OF HORROR

  • 1900 - 1930 Silent Fear.

  • 1930-1940 Classic Creations

  • 1940-1950 Chills and Chuckles...

  • 1950-1960 Sci-fi, B-Movies and Hammer Horror

  • 1960 – 1970 Psycho's and Zombies

  • 1970-1980 The Birth of the Slasher

  • 1980-1990 Modern Horror Begins

  • 1990- 2000 Scream until you like it

    http://www.horrorseek.com/horror/realm/history.htm


Horror s appeal

HORROR’S APPEAL

  • Adrenaline rush

  • Attracted biologically to threats

  • Safe way of exploring the unknown


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Author Guest of Honor Dennis Etchison

Artist Guest of Honor John Jude Palencar

Special Guest Jeff Strand


Mystery and suspense

MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE

Novelty in a suspenseful plot


Appeal

APPEAL

  • The Puzzle

  • Believability


Types of horror in mysteries

TYPES OF HORROR IN MYSTERIES

  • PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE

  • PARANORMAL


Physical or mental abuse titles authors

PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE TITLES / AUTHORS

James Ellroy


Physical or mental abuse titles authors1

PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE TITLES / AUTHORS


Physical or mental abuse titles authors2

PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE TITLES / AUTHORS

RAYMOND CHANDLER


Physical or mental abuse titles authors3

PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE TITLES / AUTHORS


Minor

MINOR

  • Precognitive Feeling

  • Religious or Cultural Belief

  • Psychic of the Detective


Major

MAJOR

Paranormal element plays an equal part of the story


Major1

MAJOR


Major2

MAJOR


Genreblending of two genres mystery and romance

GENREBLENDING OF TWO GENRESMYSTERY AND ROMANCE


Gothic titles authors

GOTHIC TITLES / AUTHORS


Paranormal romantic suspense

Paranormal Romantic Suspense


Heather graham

Heather Graham

Newest


Paranormal romance

PARANORMAL ROMANCE


Appeal1

APPEAL

  • Relationship

  • Alpha Male

  • Happily ever after

  • Safe response to woman’s needs and desires, feelings and fantasies

  • Predictability of the story

  • Fascination to the Magical

  • Horror fear factor is deemphasized


Subgenres

Subgenres

Psychic

Gothic


Psychic fiction titles author

PSYCHIC FICTION TITLES / AUTHOR


Ghosts

GHOSTS


Fantasy

FANTASY

  • The Impossible is Possible : Magic, supernatural powers or supernatural creatures

  • Setting: Must be consistent within the story

  • Plot: Always tells a tale (“Cinderella to Beowulf to Stephen Donaldson”)


Dark fantasy linked to horror

DARK FANTASY LINKED TO HORROR

  • Both genres scare or terrify

  • Difference is “magic” and the conflict between good and evil

  • May overlap with horror


Dark fantasy

DARK FANTASY


Urban fantasy

URBAN FANTASY

“Set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings where something strange and otherworldly is lurking be it vampires, werewolves, faeries or something else.

Redefining itself as a genre


Urban fantasy1

URBAN FANTASY

  • Strong heroines finding their destinies and saving the world (Buffy the Vampire effect)

  • Genre blending of action, adventure, mystery and fantasy

  • Crossover appeal to Paranormal Romance Readers

  • Popular with adults in their 20’s


Urban fantasy2

URBAN FANTASY


Urban fantasy3

URBAN FANTASY


Urban fantasy4

URBAN FANTASY


Yf horror beyond pike stine king exploring the paranormal

YF HORROR :Beyond Pike, Stine & KingExploring the Paranormal


Appeal factors for teens

Appeal Factors for Teens

  • GORE FACTOR - Thirst for blood, violence and the Supernatural. The grosser the better

  • FEAR FACTOR - Love to be scared

  • NOT BORING – Page Turner

  • FORBIDDEN – Adults Disapprove of Genre


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What we need to remember is that horror allows teens to face their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


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TIPS

  • Don’t Assume: Check with the teen on their definition of “scary”

  • Quality Matters Not Quantity (So Weed Old Copies)

  • Cool Covers Do Make a Difference


Vampires

Vampires

A perennial Favorite

but vary in theme and mood

STAR CROSSED

LOVE

HUMOROUS

BONE CHILLING HORROR


Werewolves and shapeshifters

WEREWOLVES AND SHAPESHIFTERS

Metaphor for PHYSICAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION


Supernatural

SUPERNATURAL

Gothic

HUMOROUS

TO


Short story collections for busy teens

Short Story Collections for Busy Teens


Dark fantasy1

DARK FANTASY


Funny horror

FUNNY HORROR

A blending of humor and horror

Shifts moods rapidly


Jeff strand

JEFF STRAND


Neil gaiman

Neil Gaiman


Julie kenner

Julie Kenner


Christopher moore

Christopher Moore


F paul wilson

F. Paul Wilson

REPAIRMAN JACK SERIES


Various

VARIOUS


Horror westerns

HORROR WESTERNS

Graphic Novels

Strange Adventures

of Rangergirl


Joe r lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale


Where is the genre going

WHERE IS THE GENRE GOING?


Reader s advisory for the non horror reader

READER’S ADVISORY FOR THE NON – HORROR READER

  • Patron enjoys thrillers of any kind

  • Patron does not mind blood and guts

  • Patron prefers character-driven plots to action-driven stories

  • Patron does not mind fantasy elements in their novels


Ebooks

EBOOKS

http://www.horrorlibrary.net/


Online sources booklists reviews

ONLINE SOURCES –Booklists, Reviews

  • Salt Lake County Library System

    http://www.slco.lib.ut.us/horror.htm

  • Monster Librarian

    http://www.monsterlibrarian.com/

  • Horror Reader

    http://www.horrorreader.com/


Online sources booklists reviews1

ONLINE SOURCES –Booklists, Reviews

  • Horrorworld

    http://www.horrorworld.org/

  • Necrofile

    http://www.lsu.edu/necrofile/

  • The Cabinet of Dr Casey

    http://www.thecabinet.com/index.php


Online sources bookstores

ONLINE SOURCES –BOOKSTORES


Other sources

OTHER SOURCES

June Michelle Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonseca. Read on….Horror Fiction. CT: Libraries Unlimited 2006


On horror by robert hershon

On Horror by Robert Hershon

If it is horrible to be burned alive by savage tribesman

Who dance and leap about as your wrist watch melts,

It is horrible to be burned by a hot pot.

If it is horrible in the great gothic house when the hairy claw

Comes through the velvet drape and clutches your throat,

It is horrible when your child touches your hand as you sleep.

If it is horrible when the fiendish vaudevillian, in a rage because you were in the fourth grade with his wife, pins you to the wall with his wicked throwing knives and takes dead aim at your breast pocket,

It is horrible to mince onions.

If it is horrible to be buried under an avalanche of snow and rocks

Set off by a mad alpinist, shrieking in the thin air,

It is horrible to drop a book on your toe.

If it is horrible to be drowned in the relentless flood as you were racing to warn the FBI that bearded saboteurs were lurking near the dam,

It is horrible to scrub your feet in the bath.

But if the pot boils without heat?

If the child’s eyes are dark, the infant prowling?

If the book, new to your eyes, curses your name?

There is horror in all love, in the sweet apple.

The mouth cannot taste it, the hand cannot feel it.

Horror is small and warm and damp

And wears your mother’s dresses


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