Saturday, October 23, 2010

Is Your Neighbor Scarier than Godzilla?

In a previous post, I mentioned that I am going to write an old-fashioned monster novel for NaNoWriMo. One of the dangers of writing such a novel is that there may not be a demand for it when it's finished. I mentioned in the previous post that most of the recent horror movies keep the monster at such a plot distance that the monster isn't really scary (and actually becomes a secondary element to the plot) or else the monster isn't a "monster" per se, but instead is a psychopath or a ghost/poltergeist. And maybe that's what horror aficionados want these days. The big trend in horror during my childhood was animals mutated by nuclear radiation (Them!, Godzilla, etc.). That trend reflected society's fear of nuclear war. Maybe today's horror movies are about psychos because our biggest fear is each other, lol. Maybe creatures just aren't that scary anymore, considering the mayhem we humans inflict on each other every day.

I hope not. I'm still a big fan of monsters! My hope is that fans of horror movies have become a separate group from fans of horror books, and they just want different things.

What do you think? What is your reading preference: "psycho" horror, "zombie/vampire" horror, or "scary creature" horror?

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