A/N: Spoiler Alert
Let me start out by saying that I don’t get horror.
Why would you pay someone to scare you? Why spend your (more or less) hard-earned pay-check to be utterly disgusted by what’s in front of you?
If you’re like me, you might even close your eyes, and now you’re effectively paying money for looking at the inside of your own eyelid. Crazy, right? I don’t care for blood. I don’t care for gore. I don’t care for cannibalism, or being grossed out, or men and women being made into a human centipede. Ugh.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that a lot of people adore horror. Otherwise, the statement on Stephen King’s bank account would have looked a lot different. Horror just isn’t for me. At least not when it’s found on the screen.
And yet I love Santa Clarita Diet. Why? I mean it’s got blood, it’s got gore, it’s got cannibalism. Hell, it’s even got a severed, talking head.
So why do I love it?
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A/N: Sorry for the long wait. Here’s a short note as to what I thought of the novel It by Stephen King.
Stephen King has time and time again been crowned the unofficial King of Horror, and as It was my first introduction to his work, expectations were high.
King did not disappoint.
I am not usually a big fan of horror, but It was a fascinating read. It was truly intriguing to see how the actual monster of the novel paled in comparison to its influence on the cruelty occasionally found in humankind.
Bullying becomes torture, and abusive tendencies turn into murder. It was a frightening book full of interesting characters, with a well-developed plot, and a truly heinous monster.
Joyce Carol Oates. Dutton Books, 1994. Originally published 1994. 28 pages. Gothic tale.
Few people will argue with me when I state that Joyce Carol Oates is a talented author, who has proved herself more than capable of writing stories that positively shines with originality.
Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly, however, is no such story, and neither was it designed to be.
Instead, it is a paraphrasing of the century-old The Turn of the Screw, and this is important to keep in mind as you first delve into the book.
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Bram Stoker. Norton Critical Edition, 1986. Originally published 1897. 488 pages. Gothic tale.
The story of Dracula is one of the best-known horrors of all time, and though the book is over a century old, the story is still read avidly by readers across the globe.
But let’s be honest. The world is not like it was a century ago. For one thing, we spend quite a lot of our time watching television. Series, commercials, movies. And a considerable amount of these movies are horrors. You could almost say that we are used to them by now. We are no strangers to the image of blood splattering across the wall, and we have all heard the sound of terrifying screams filling the night. Fictionally speaking that is. We have gotten exceptionally talented at deciphering when something is merely special effects and solid acting.
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