I love horror, so this post is a must, since my favorite holiday is coming up. I am overjoyed for my horror binge-week and wanted to talk about the few things that SCARE ME!! Yes, I rarely get scared in books and movies, but what gets my heart beating faster, chills running through my body, and that feeling of dread that you feel for your characters…
Here’s a list of the top five things I have to have!!
1. Realism—the fact that this could be possible or that it’s written in a way where I can deem it possible creeps me out more than anything. Yeah, it can have monsters and whatnot, but things that occur have to be plausible. Does that make sense? You can’t have some random ghost or monster massacring people in the streets and expect me to be scared. BECAUSE KAT FEARS NOTHING *queue evil laughter* I think my favorite horror of the year was about an overly religious cannibalistic family that raped a girl and murdered all her friends when they were on vacation. There’s more to it than that, but damn…that shit was all sorts of realistic and scary.
2. Characters I can identify with—this is for most books that I read of course, but even moreso in Horror. There has to be at least one character that I care about, so that I can continue on with the story in hopes of seeing the outcome. If I don’t care about the people, chances are I don’t care if they live or die. I mean what’s the point really??
3. A clear and precise plot—meaning that I have to understand exactly what is going on, so that I can actually visualize the horror happening. I can understand that some horror likes to keep you in the dark about certain aspects in the book, but there’s a way to do that while also guiding the reader to their own conclusions. My problem is that when something isn’t described well enough (like events or situations) then it really deters from experiencing the big WOW factor when you get to it.
4. Descriptions, descriptions, DESCRIPTIONS—my main focus, because that dark and creepy context has to really pull through the writing. It’s hard to fear something when you have no picture of it in your mind. They have to be clear, they have to make sense, and they have to make me cringe. I love dark imagery and descriptions relating to the plot, but if the book is going on an on about something that doesn’t really matter…that’s where descriptions can bore the reader. I think it’s key to stay between giving enough information and giving TOO MUCH information.
5. A good antagonist—has to have terrifying features either internally or externally, so that we can cheer on the main leads (even if they end up dying). I don’t particularly focus on characterization too much in these sort of antagonists (like ghosts, monsters, aliens…what-have-you) because it’s better to be left in the dark about their motivations or personalities, I personally think that amps up the scare factor, BUT they do have to have a certain evil or chilling presence about them.
Anyway, that’s my post for a while. Tabitha is already filled with posts until the 16th, so I’ll be seeing you after!! I start my horror binge-week on the 18th, so chances are…you’ll be seeing a lot of horror reviews from me (atleast until the October wrap-up).
Happy Halloween all!!
If you want, you can tell me what you particularly look for in horror books. What drives you to that pivotal point of fear?
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