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  1. VAMPIRES IN OUTER SPACE? Exploring the Supernatural in Fiction Genre

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. HORROR’S APPEAL • Adrenaline rush • Attracted biologically to threats • Safe way of exploring the unknown

  7. MARCH 27-30, 2008 Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown http://www.whc2008.org

  8. Author Guest of Honor Dennis Etchison Artist Guest of Honor John Jude Palencar Special Guest Jeff Strand

  9. MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE Novelty in a suspenseful plot

  10. APPEAL • The Puzzle • Believability

  11. TYPES OF HORROR IN MYSTERIES • PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE • PARANORMAL

  12. PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE TITLES / AUTHORS James Ellroy

  13. PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE TITLES / AUTHORS

  14. PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE TITLES / AUTHORS RAYMOND CHANDLER

  15. PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE TITLES / AUTHORS

  16. MINOR • Precognitive Feeling • Religious or Cultural Belief • Psychic of the Detective

  17. MAJOR Paranormal element plays an equal part of the story

  18. MAJOR

  19. MAJOR

  20. GENREBLENDING OF TWO GENRESMYSTERY AND ROMANCE

  21. GOTHIC TITLES / AUTHORS

  22. Paranormal Romantic Suspense

  23. Heather Graham Newest

  24. PARANORMAL ROMANCE

  25. 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

  26. Subgenres Psychic Gothic

  27. PSYCHIC FICTION TITLES / AUTHOR

  28. GHOSTS

  29. 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”)

  30. DARK FANTASY LINKED TO HORROR • Both genres scare or terrify • Difference is “magic” and the conflict between good and evil • May overlap with horror

  31. DARK FANTASY

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. URBAN FANTASY

  35. URBAN FANTASY

  36. URBAN FANTASY

  37. YF HORROR :Beyond Pike, Stine & KingExploring the Paranormal

  38. 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

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

  40. 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

  41. Vampires A perennial Favorite but vary in theme and mood STAR CROSSED LOVE HUMOROUS BONE CHILLING HORROR

  42. WEREWOLVES AND SHAPESHIFTERS Metaphor for PHYSICAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION

  43. SUPERNATURAL Gothic HUMOROUS TO

  44. Short Story Collections for Busy Teens

  45. DARK FANTASY

  46. FUNNY HORROR A blending of humor and horror Shifts moods rapidly

  47. JEFF STRAND

  48. Neil Gaiman

  49. Julie Kenner

  50. Christopher Moore