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What makes a horror story? Compare ways in which Stevenson and Greene write their stories to fit the genre. Show how they create a different feeling of horror due to the times they were written in. why do you think the genre has remained so popular?

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What makes a horror story? Compare ways in which Stevenson and Greene write their stories to fit the genre. Show how they create a different feeling of horror due to the times they were written in. why do you think the genre has remained so popular? Horror stories are an excellent traditional genre. This genre has been around for almost as long as stories have been told. In this generation there is not much that can really scare us, but what does actually make a good horror story? Horror stories need to have a good and intimidating storyline, it needs to play on people's fears, it also needs to give its audience a real thrill and send chills down their spines. The horror story may be based on phobias, superstitions, murder or science fiction. Horror stories that involve science can be really scary sometimes, as this modern world is vastly developing, and we sometimes wonder what science can do. If a relatively small atom bomb can wipe out a large city than science can basically do anything, and this is what scares us. What also really scares us, is when a horror story is based on something we know little about, "the unknown," this includes aliens, monsters etc. Horror stories contain lots of tension and suspense; it has got to keep its readers on the edge of their seat, making them think what's going to happen next? A good horror story usually involves some kind of history, something that has happened in the past, this creates tension, suspense and creates and element of mystery for the reader. ...read more.


death, murder and body digging it is surreal whilst The End Of The Party deals with realism and is a physiological horror, and involves no deliberate death. The Body Snatcher involves some kind of poignant history this is similar to in The End Of The Party. The history in both stories plays a big part towards the storyline. In the Body Snatcher the history is re-told in flashback form, giving the events that happened many years ago however The End Of The Party is in a linear style, where because of the history (last years party), the boy is terrified of going to the party this year, it is not just his trepidation of the darkness that scares him, it is also because of what happened at last years party. Both The Body Snatcher and The End Of The Party use imagery really well. Straight away at the beginning Greene starts off with bad weather, "Rain tapped against the glass", Greene has attempted to create an fearsome atmosphere straight away, also in his first paragraph he uses short sentences when he is describing the day the story is set in, the affect this has is to make the day seem dull and dark, perfect for horror. The imagery used to create a frightening atmosphere by Greene is similar to in The Body Snatcher, "One dark winter night." On the night of the main event Macfarlane creates a great atmosphere to scare people, it is "dark, wet, quite and muddy." This made it more interesting, as it was harder for Fettes and Macfarlane to perform their duty, and it makes it more horrifying. ...read more.


The twist to the plot comes when Peter and Francis are hiding in the dark, Francis's fear is immensely strong, and this is the cause of this physiological horror. Peter is trying to pacify his brother's fear, "Don't be afraid, the lights will go on again soon." Irony then takes place. "Peter continued to hold the clenched fingers in an arid and puzzled grief. It was not merely that his brother was dead. His brain, too young to realize that the pulse of his brother's fear went on and on, where Francis was now, where he had always been told there was no more terror and no more darkness." This is a very ironic ending story. It is slightly weird when you think someone died because he was frightened of the dark, but when you think about it is kind of believable how he may have been so scared, that it just caused his body to stop working. I think horror stories have remained so popular because as humans we like getting a thrill. Horror stories are traditional and even in the times of the cavemen horror stories were told, and now these stories have advanced and can be very interesting. Although we don't like to be frightened, have nightmares and have our heart pounding really fast, the comfort comes when we realise that the horror isn't real (unless it is), and we can have a sigh of relief, and the feeling is good when we look at the horror and reflect it to our own lives, which makes us feel safe. This is the same for nightmares, the feeling comes when we wake up and realise the nightmare wasn't reality. ...read more.

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