Or even, Gentle Reader, what is horror?
My students are currently writing on horror and the gothic in Tana French’s excellent novel In the Woods. I have taught this book several times and never cease to be amazed by how well it teaches, and how well it engages students. But one of the best questions I think one can ask about this novel is, what makes the horror horrifying?
A very Stephen King question, no?
I am working on a horror scene in The Sequel, and I need to think through how to engage horror on the page. My novel is not horror; it’s historical urban fantasy, for lack of a better phrasing. But this novel takes elements of early-twentieth-century noir, and therefore, a bit of the gothic, too. Because I’m dealing with mythological elements (the “fantasy” in my categorization), I want to use them to the best of my ability.
So I ask you, what is horror on the page for you? How do you best respond to horror in novels or short stories?
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