But how much study have you put into how your favorite horror authors have gone about scaring you with the written word? Movies rely on editing, music cues, performance, special visual and makeup effects. The good news is that those are powerful tools. The good news for horror and thriller authors is that these processes also work in reverse.
Choose Your Poison, Gothic or Horror? When you start to write, direct or produce "horror" stories or any feature film fiction of this type, one of the most helpful questions you can ask yourself is "Am I really doing a horror story?
The two genres are closely related but remain totally different animals. There are other similar questions you should also ask as well. If you want to do horror, is your story really Gothic with a horror disguise? Is it Gothic horror, and if so, how much is it one or the other?
Most people can easily distinguish horror stories, but don't have a clue about what constitutes the Gothic tale. Horror is scary, right? The fear element definitely predominates. Gothic may or may not be scary. If it's Gothic and scary, you have Gothic horror. The first Gothic story actually a novel was written by Horace Walpole in England ina ghost story of sorts titled The Castle of Otranto.
Its success began a thriving literary trend, first in England and then, by the nineteenth century, all over the world. The horror genre sprang from Gothic literature during the early s, almost simultaneously in Great Britain and the U.
Byhorror stories were a thriving genre all their own worldwide, along with their purely Gothic brethren. Incidentally, not only horror, but crime drama, Medieval-type fantasy think "Middle Earth"and even science fiction all originated from the Gothic literary stream. A Description of Differences: Chris Baldick's "Introduction" to The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales defines a Gothic text as being made up of "a fearful sense of inheritance in time with a claustrophobic sense of enclosure in space, these two dimensions reinforcing one another to produce an impression of a sickening descent into disintegration.
So, for a story to be Gothic, some kind of dark history has to be there. For example, an evil from the past confronts a group of people in an isolated area. The isolation equals claustrophobia.
So how does this group react? If the fear element is strong, you have Gothic horror. On the other hand, such a story can be merely suspenseful, without being scary at all.
An essential element of the Gothic is almost always "romance," either the erotic or literary type, or both.
What is "literary" Romanticism? Well, check out the classic American horror author, Edgar Allan Poe Just as Baldick leaves out the supernatural, which surely "haunts" much within the Gothic territory, he omits romance and Romanticism as well.
Nowadays, if you want to write a good Gothic story, especially one that sells, "romantic" almost always means a male and female in love. To hold your audience in today's world, you need to have a strong romantic interest to animate your plot.
Doomed or daunting love is the Gothic romantic theme par excellence. Also, her story contains both literary and man-woman romance.
Volumes have been written about the relation between the Gothic and Romantic. All you really need to know about the two is that to write a successful Gothic story, in the words of the song, "You can't have one without the other.
Lovecraft also American, champion the horror side. With these authors, the evil from the past confronts and overwhelms its lonely, forsaken victims, and they're usually damned forever.
Whether the main characters in Gothic horror are trapped in a threatening location or within their own tormented souls, they writhe in abject fear until they meet their untimely demise, or worse, a "lifetime" of some type of living death, insanity, agony or eternal condemnation.
Called by Hollywood a "supernatural thriller," this story is actually Gothic in the best sense of the word. Without retelling the whole plot line here the film is available on DVD if you haven't seen itlet's check out why Gothic story elements clearly predominate.
The main character feels trapped by what happened to him in his own past history and senses a disintegration and isolation in his life, all of which he cannot understand. The theme of the supernatural is established early on by the boy with strange visions of dead persons.
The romantic element clearly predominates, with the focus on the main character's relationship with his wife, and in fact this entire story turns on this man's undying love for her. In the end, the tragic reason his life has "fallen apart" stunningly reveals itself.The Horror Of Horror Movies - Over the years horror movies have become a big part of cinema business.
Teenagers and adults like to watch scary movies because of the adrenaline rush. 39, points • 1, comments - 20 Terrifying Two-Sentence Horror Stories - 9GAG has the best funny pics, gifs, videos, gaming, anime, manga, movie, tv, cosplay. The creators of these 20 super short, creepy horror stories made of just two sentences, will make you envision a whole terrifying scenario by using just a few words.
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All you really need to know about the two is that to write a successful Gothic story, in the words of the song, "You can't have one without the other." If Emily Brontë (and her sister Charlotte, ) typify the romantic end of the Gothic spectrum, authors like Poe and H.P.
Lovecraft (also American, ) champion the horror side. Example #2: The Three Little Bears (By Robert Southey) An exposition is typically positioned at the beginning of a novel, movie, or other literary work, because the author wants the audience to be fully aware of the characters in the story.
The key to writing a short film is to keep it simple. It’s just not possible to squeeze a feature film idea or a particularly complex idea into a short format and do it justice.
It’s a bit like trying to squeeze a novel into a short story – they’re different animals.