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Horror genre

scary eerie

Supernatural and paranormal themes and motifs in literature, including gothic fiction, frightening short stories, eerie poetry and other scary works.

Horror motiffs can include: the taboo, the haunted house, the hidden past, the bad place, cosmic horror, and the secret family history.

Works are in the tradition of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft, and Edgar Allan Poe.

This genre has given birth to numerous personages and creatures that have become enduring members of the collective consciousness, including: Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man.

Sub-genres of horror can include: folklore, superstition, mythology, death, tales of the undead stories, monster fiction, thriller, weird fiction, dark fantasy, dark romanticism, ghost story, Lovecraftian, occult detective, psychological, sci-fi, slasher, splatter, gore, weird west, weird war, and zombie apocalypse.

Creatures that stalk these worlds include werewolves, ghosts, vampires and zombies.

These tales are designed to make their audiences feel horror, terror, fear, dread, foreboding, doom, gloom, ghastliness, awfulness, gruesomeness, hideousness, horridness, evilness, foulness, creepiness, eeriness, and nightmares. They play on peoples fears, phobias, nervousness, aversion, abhorrence, repulsion, revulsion, hatred, repugnance, and agitation.

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