People tend to argue about horror a bit. I suppose many definitions are floating around. For instance, I’ve had some readers say that my horror novel The Wolf at His Door is more of a mystery in their opinion. That’s fine by me; I love a good mystery.
For me, however, horror is a fairly flexible category. If it makes my skin crawl, it’s horrific. If I wouldn’t want it to happen to me, it’s horrific–that runs the gamut from The Howling to The Shining to The Lottery to Dracula.
I also define horror as a slasher that grosses you out with vivid detail of rendered flesh. I’m okay with that, but, it’s not how I write. I don’t enjoy torture scenes—writing or watching.
I guess, in some ways, I’m a traditionalist. I like creepy, eerie suspense that builds to a crescendo that makes you want to scream…but you know you better not. Or, they’ll hear you.
Share your thoughts. Horror is worth discussing.