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mark211Stephen King has said: "We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones." Is he right? 2015-09-21 12:19:14
mark211As we approach October, I thought a quote from Stephen King would be apt; so fellow Quantum Musers - what do we think? Do fictional horrors help us to accommodate ourselves to those of the real world?2015-09-21 12:21:08
r.tornellomaybe he does.2015-09-21 16:52:13
RTHorror can be made up from any number of general examples: dystopian worlds, the same everyday mundane existence to werewolves.

Some stories may be asking philosophical questions regarding the nature of some XYZ idea, and the others may be designed just to scare the shit out of an audience. How are we to break this question down?

2015-09-21 18:32:00
WessonI'm not sure I agree with his quote. I think horror is just another avenue for a writer to express themselves, exactly why they chose horror to do this most likely varies from author to author. My opinion is not totally unbiased though, being the son of a military man I don't particularly care for Stephen King as a person so I'll need to excuse myself from this one. 2015-09-21 20:44:40
mark211In the time available at least, I've not been able to track down the original context of the source of this quote so it's suitably ambiguous for a discussion (I think!). That ambiguity has a dark side - and I don't just mean scary by that. More than any other genre except Romance, I think Horror is a perfect vehicle for reinforcing existing prejudices. Here's a made-up example: imagine a Hollywood horror movie based around the pitch of a Ghoulish or Vampiric white police force patrolling a mostly black suburb of a Southern town, picking off young men late at night; taking the same context in reverse, imagine a Voodoo priestess heading up a ruthless criminal gang in a mostly black suburb. I hope no one is offended by those examples and, please note, the point is simply to show what I think could be plausible elevator pitches for shlocky Action/Horror flicks that would be built on the back of real (and horrifying) issues from the real world, but which could/would simplify them into the most basic Good vs. Evil plots.2015-09-22 10:28:55
mark211PS I'm not against Horror fiction it's just that - however fuzzy the artificial distinctions between genres are - I often find the best works of 'Horror' are almost always closer too SF or Fantasy ... that's a personal view of course ...2015-09-22 10:31:14
Sidewinder4Frankenstein is pretty much SF. The different "Mummy" flicks are fantasy. Real horror, Nazi death camps et. al., staggers the soul and intellect. The, "oh that's nasty," "shit weasels" from King's THE DREAM CATCHER are a bit humorous. So he's following his own description of literary horror. It can help if you let it. If "Look on the sunny side." Engenders: "Oh that's too nasty." Maybe the "Dark Side" can shake things up for the better. Attitude is everything. Jim Gardner, Sidewinder4 2015-09-22 20:09:18
MagonianPerhaps we make up horrors to explore our very sense of horror, to stir it up, get it tingling, chilling, and - arguably most important of all - thrilling. It goes beyond catharsis and seems to serve its own purpose, but whatever that purpose is our sense of horror needs us to put it to picture, then to sit back, agog, as it runs amok up and down our spines.2015-09-26 04:53:35
micheledutcherThe south-west Native Americans had Kachina ceremonies where adult men would dress-up like Kachina dolls and scare children into behaving good. Most horror has a moral - so perhaps horror is a way to control members of society. Don't go into old houses or else - this might simply mean don't go into a house that isn't yours, even if it looks like nobody lives there. Mind your own business might be another moral. Don't go into the woods at night...People who end up in the middle of a horror story are usually there because they have overstepped some societal norms. 2015-09-28 13:11:52
IronspiderI've never read any horror story or watched and horror film that compares to the staggering horror humans inflict upon each other. Children may well create reasons for the things that scare them - the gap under the bed is dark, so something bad might live there - but through life experience adults should be operating on a more rationale level. I still enjoy the occasional horror story or film but, in the case of the latter, it's more to continue a game myself and friends used to play - 'spot the plot'. I'd agree with Mark211 that 'horror' seems to be more of a secondary genre; for example 'Alien' is sci-fi, 'The Exorcist' is fantasy. But the latter example leads me to a final point - appreciation of horror may well be an artifact of upbringing, a psychological rummage through the baggage of our childhood and early adolescence, where a great many of our fears have their genesis.2015-09-28 23:51:16

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