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You think horror, you think Bram Stoker, Alfred Hitchcock, Ridley Scott, M. Night Shyamalan, Dean Koontz, Steven King, Eleanor Lewis, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Mark Danielewski, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anne Rice, Poppy Brite … Guy de Maupassant who wrote across many genres. In his book Danse Macabre, King paid homage to Jorge Luis Borges and Ray Bradbury in his list of ‘six great writers of the macabre’.
As far as storytelling goes, horror can be an exhausted genre, and artists and producers are continually hunting ways to tap into audience curiosity by reinventing it. Horror films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho(1960) and Wes Craven’s Scream(1996) typecast horror, and copycat stories emerged, exhausting fans with parodic slasher narratives, blood and gore, until zombies burst into the spotlight; the appetite for them has stayed rich.
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Horror Writers Association (2017) ‘What is Horror Fiction’, viewed 2 March 2017. http://horror.org/horror-is
University of California Television (2001) An Evening with Ray Bradbury, viewed 7 March 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W-r7ABrMYU&feature=youtube
Card, O. S. (1990) How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy (Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books), p. 19.
De Maupassant, G. (2016) ‘The Flayed Hand’, viewed 3 March 2017. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/53419/53419-h/53419-h.htm#THE_FLAYED_HAND
Shelley, M. (2008) Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, viewed 3 March 2017. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/84/84-h/84-h.htm#chap05.
King, S. (1981) Danse Macabre (New York: Berkley), p. 35.
King, pp. 31–35.
King, S. (2012) Different Seasons (London: Hodder and Stoughton), pp. 611–612.
Bradbury, R. (2008) ‘The Long Rain’, The Illustrated Man (London: Harper Collins), p. 97.
Bradbury, pp. 104–105.
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