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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Exploring the Supernatural
in Fiction Genre
And Wears Your Mother’s Dresses
Robert Myles Hershon’s “On Horror”
Salt Lake County Librarians:
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.
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
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Novelty in a suspenseful plot
Paranormal element plays an equal part of the story
“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
A perennial Favorite
but vary in theme and mood
BONE CHILLING HORROR
Metaphor for PHYSICAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION
A blending of humor and horror
Shifts moods rapidly
REPAIRMAN JACK SERIES
June Michelle Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonseca. Read on….Horror Fiction. CT: Libraries Unlimited 2006
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