Scary stories set out to frighten you with tales of demons, ghosts, witches, vampires, werewolves and all manner of other monsters and creatures. Horror books can span the ages and take on historical or modern settings, but the general themes are similar – using religious stories or playing on society’s fears to bring a senses of realism that just maybe this could happen.
In horror stories there is usually a hero or group of heroes fighting against something unimaginably horrible to protect themselves, their families or the community around them. As well as building atmosphere and tension there will be violence that can be gory and relentless. Or maybe more psychological letting you fill in the gaps with your imagination. It’s much scarier when we have to think about it ourselves.
You can be expected to be taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride as twists and turns in the plot build up tension and make you too scared to turn the next page. The best horror books keep you on the edge wanting to know what happens next and then stopping you in your tracks with shocking outcomes. Don’t count on all the characters surviving, bad things are going to happen!
Scary books and the horror and supernatural genre have been around since the 18th century and have always been popular. Even before books, tales told round the fire at night have been used to scare us and have acted as a way to communicate danger to the rest of the tribe.
People have always enjoyed being scared and feeling tension and the horror genre has become hugely popular in books, movies, comics and games. It’s now a way to escape modern life for a while and sink into something far removed from going to the office or looking after the kids. Being scared is ok when you know that it’s going to be alright at the end.
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