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  1. Short Story Unit: Elements of Horror Fiction

  2. Elements of Horror Fiction • Highly improbable and unexpected sequences of events that usually begin in ordinary situations and involve supernatural elements • Contrast the oddness of these events with the minutiae of daily life so readers identify with the characters • Explores the dark, malevolent side of humanity

  3. Elements of Horror Fiction • Main characters are people we can understand and perhaps identify with although often these are haunted, estranged individuals • Lives often depend on the success of the protagonist to defeat the antagonist • Mood is dark, foreboding, menacing, bleak and creates an immediate response by the reader

  4. Elements of Horror Fiction • Setting may be described in some detail if much of the story takes place in one location • Plot contains frightening and unexpected incidents • Violence, often graphic, occurs

  5. Elements of Horror Fiction • Most stories are told in the third person • The style is plain • The key ingredient in horror fiction is its ability to provoke fear or terror in readers • There should be a sense of dread, unease, anxiety, or foreboding