Has Horror Fiction gone into a decline?
- It is well known that there are cycles when Horror is more populare--
during the 30's, the 50's, the late 70's--
This is often tied to the events of the actual period--when people have
enough horror going on in real life--WWI, WWII, Vietnam era--they tend
to want light entertainment to take their mind off horror.
Is this one such period?
Is horror in a downturn?
- Decline in quality? or in quantity? Or has it merged into another
genre? As you say, lots of real life horror going on. Many non-fiction
books -- such as true crime books and true atrocities-- kinda feed my
need for horror.
Plus there are so many genres and people might take their horror in a
non-printed form. Such as movies, video games, etc.
I don't really keep track of the horror book genre but it seems to me
that the horror movie genre has risen. And we've got to take that into
consideration. For instance, I watch a lotta horror movies, but rarely
read horror books. But I also watch a lotta war atrocities
documentaries, non-fiction shows like ghost hunters and A haunting on
discovery channel, and forensic file stuff. And I watch a lotta
creature features movies about killer bees etc.
Much the same can be done when one considers the other genres. I don't
read SciFi books but I watch a lotta lotta SciFi movies. I also have a
tough time watching fantasy books but I can read them.
So it depends on the media, i think. And how the genre is being
--- In SciFiNoir_Lit@yahoogroups.com, "Chris Hayden" <Frofidemus@...>
> It is well known that there are cycles when Horror is more populare--
> during the 30's, the 50's, the late 70's--
> This is often tied to the events of the actual period--when people
> enough horror going on in real life--WWI, WWII, Vietnam era--theytend
> to want light entertainment to take their mind off horror.
> Is this one such period?
> Is horror in a downturn?