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Horror Fiction


A subgenre of gothic fiction in which supernatural events, occult forces, macabre effects, and obsessive introspection are combined with chilling suspense to produce visceral sensations of fear and revulsion in the reader. Ghosts, hallucinations, monsters, mummies, nightmares, witches, werewolves, vampires, demons, and black magic are common themes. Rooted in the gothic novel of the 18th and 19th centuries, early literary examples include Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein (1818), Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839), and Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker. In motion pictures, the earliest examples are The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) directed by Robert Wiene and Nosferatu (1922) by F.W. Murnau, classics of German expressionism. More recent examples include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and Rod Serling's television series The Twilight Zone. The contemporary master of horror fiction is Stephen King. Extreme graphic horror has been dubbed splatterpunk. Synonymous with weird fantasy. Compare with thriller. See also: Horror Writers Association and slasher.

Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science (ODLIS)


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Apocalypse - The Stand by Stephen King

Cosmic HorrorThe Best of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft

Dark FantasyThe Darkest Part of the Woods by Ramsey Campbell

Demonic Possession/InvasionThe Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

GhostsThe Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Haunted HousesThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

MonstersThe Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Psychological Horror/Serial KillerThe Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

SplatterpunkThe Books of Blood by Clive Barker

VampiresDracula by Bram Stoker

WitchcraftThe Witching Hour by Anne Rice

ZombiesThe Rising by Brian Keene