Horror stories have always been a strange fascination for all age groups.
Isn't it? Children chewing their nails as their friend recites some sickening anecdote around a bonfire, young men celebrating the sadism and gore as they turn over pages of a Stephen King's novel and older men coming up with their own electrifying stories to haunt the shit out of you. There is this element of uncertainty and terror that automatically engages the reader. Horror thrives on terror where the subject could be seen fighting against superior extraterrestrial forces or strange and scary situations. Horror has no end. It is intermittent. Walking corpses, decapitated pirates, mummies rising from their cobwebbed graves, bloodthirsty vampires, rabid ugly animals, exorcisms: - such a variety of substances to offer to a conventional horror story. And there's no end to this list. But hey, horror is not just the coexistence of macabre plots or gruesome killings here and there. It is a combination of emotion and shock. For writing a horror story, you don't necessarily need something spooky and non-human. You can create horror just by setting up bizarre circumstances revolving around a confusing backdrop for the story to move forward. You can set societal tensions like underlying racism, religious bigotry, pay inequity, communalism, and anti-social outbreaks to address the reader with another kind of horrors.
When writing horror, the biggest advantage is the degree of freedom to choose and implement from, and this prerogative is present with everyone, just the need is to put it into work. Disturbing images are a favourite for writing. horror. Psychologically speaking, nobody wants to look at a disembowelled human carcass, but they would love to read another human getting guillotined publicly. Nobody wants to see the aftermath of a bomb blast with splattered intestines and separated mandibles lying around. Still, they are completely fine with reading about the same in their daily newspaper. As per a psychoanalytic theory, there is this notion of catharsis associated with reading and writing horror genre. And it is true to some extent. While writing horror, it is essential to bring in situations that the reader could readily connect himself with. Tinker with their fears, common phobias that govern human panic, and see how the story turns out more interesting and spookier. The evolution of horror stories is from the beginning of human civilization. Humans created their own horrors. And nature had enough. Legends about Yetis and Shamans and ancient creatures are still passed on. We all know horror is an exaggerated myth, but ironically that's what we enjoy.