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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


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

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


MARCH 27-30, 2008

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

http://www.whc2008.org


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






Minor
MINOR

  • Precognitive Feeling

  • Religious or Cultural Belief

  • Psychic of the Detective


Major
MAJOR

Paranormal element plays an equal part of the story




Genreblending of two genres mystery and romance
GENREBLENDING OF TWO GENRESMYSTERY AND 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



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



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





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


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


TIPS their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

  • 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 their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

A perennial Favorite

but vary in theme and mood

STAR CROSSED

LOVE

HUMOROUS

BONE CHILLING HORROR


Werewolves and shapeshifters
WEREWOLVES AND SHAPESHIFTERS their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

Metaphor for PHYSICAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION


Supernatural
SUPERNATURAL their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

Gothic

HUMOROUS

TO


Short story collections for busy teens
Short Story Collections their fear and defeat them in a safe environmentfor Busy Teens


Dark fantasy1
DARK FANTASY their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


Funny horror
FUNNY HORROR their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

A blending of humor and horror

Shifts moods rapidly


Jeff strand
JEFF STRAND their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


Neil gaiman
Neil Gaiman their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


Julie kenner
Julie Kenner their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


Christopher moore
Christopher Moore their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


F paul wilson
F. Paul Wilson their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

REPAIRMAN JACK SERIES


Various
VARIOUS their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


Horror westerns
HORROR WESTERNS their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

Graphic Novels

Strange Adventures

of Rangergirl


Joe r lansdale
Joe R. Lansdale their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


Where is the genre going
WHERE IS THE GENRE GOING? their fear and defeat them in a safe environment


Reader s advisory for the non horror reader
READER’S ADVISORY FOR THE NON – HORROR READER their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

  • 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 their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

http://www.horrorlibrary.net/


Online sources booklists reviews
ONLINE SOURCES – their fear and defeat them in a safe environmentBooklists, 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 – their fear and defeat them in a safe environmentBooklists, 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 – their fear and defeat them in a safe environmentBOOKSTORES


Other sources
OTHER SOURCES their fear and defeat them in a safe environment

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


On horror by robert hershon
On Horror their fear and defeat them in a safe environment 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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