Haunted Reads: What is Horror?

All this month we’ve been featuring Haunted Reads for our October Book of the Month genre — and most of these books fall somewhere in the category of “horror.” But what exactly is horror?

Well, according to Wikipedia, Horror is defined as such:

a genre of literature, intended to, or has the capacity to frighten its readers, scare or startle viewers/readers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. It creates an eerie and frightening atmosphere.

A lot of horror features elements of the supernatural — but slasher flicks are proof that horror can be based in reality. (Well, a version of reality …)

Much of the horror genre has its roots in folklore and the Gothic literature that rose to popularity in the 18th century.

Horror isn’t just found in literature, though. It’s been a popular genre for films for years now — and is starting to creep into television, with shows like “American Horror Story” becoming quite popular.

For more on horror, check out some of our previous posts on related subjects:

For the comments: Are you a fan of horror? What are your favorite pieces of horror fiction?

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