The Horror Story Unit

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					The Horror Story Unit

     October 7, 2011
Your Task
   Create an original horror story
   The short story must be 2-3 pages in length.
   The short story must be typed using Arial or
    Times New Roman font
   The short story must include dialogue,
    characterization, theme, and suspense, BUT no
   This is not an experiment in how much bloody
    violence you can write about. It is a piece
    about fear, suspense, and terror—not blood
    and guts.
  The Goblins Will Get You if You
        Don’t Watch Out
   The Texas Chainsaw Massacre XXV:
 Freddie Meets Norman on Elm Street on
             Friday the 13th
1. Why do gory movies (a more precise term than horror
   movies) attract so many viewers today?
2. Why do people like the gory special effects?
              Horror or just Gore?
   Before the days of Freddie Kruger, Hollywood made
    many suspense/horror movies, some cheapie thrillers (I
    Dismember Mama), and some that became classis for
    chilling the blood of the audience. The master of these
    movie-makers was Alfred Hitchcock, who built suspense
    slowly and subtly, usually without blood or overt
    violence. The original Psycho was a masterpiece of
    subtle horror as were Rear Window and The Birds.
   Today’s master of the horror novel is Stephen King,
    whose books (often made into movies) are true spine-
    chillers that use suspense to terrify readers.
   Do horror movies of today scare viewers or merely excite
      What’s so great about fear
   Do you feel moments of terror? Do you
    hold your breath? Do you laugh? Why do
    you react as you do?
   How do you explain the desire of people
    to be terrified?
   As children, we delight in ghost stories
    told in the dark. As adults, we read books
    or see movies that we know will scare us.
Elements of Horror

   a deserted (or sparsely inhabited) castle or mansion in a
    state or ruins or semi-ruins
   labyrinths/mazes, dark corridors, and winding stairs filled
    with dusty cobwebs
   castles or mansions which have hidden
    tunnels/staircases, dungeons, underground passages,
    crypts, or catacombs
   if set in a broken down modern house, the basement or
    attic becomes the place of terror
   threatening natural landscapes, like rugged mountains,
    dark forests, or eerie moors, exhibiting stormy weather
Elements of Horror

 limited lighting such as moonlight (usually a full moon),
  candles, flashlight, lantern
 often the light disappears: clouds hide the moon,
  candles go out, flashlights/ lanterns are dropped and
 if electric lights exist, they usually mysteriously go out
                Other Elements
   dark secrets surrounding some tormented soul
    who is left to live in isolation
   ominous omens and curses
   magic, supernatural manifestations, or the
    suggestion of the supernatural
   a damsel in distress
   the damsel’s rescuer; usually a lover
   horrifying (or terrifying) events or the threat of
    such happenings
      Elements of a Short Story

 Listen  to and follow along with the song about
  the five major elements of a story. A copy
  of this song has been given to you for your
Definition: a conversation between characters
      Annina asked, “Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man
is Captain Renault?”
       “Oh, he's just like any other man, only more so,”
Rick replied.
(Joy Page and Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, 1942)
           Short Story Maps

 Due:    Friday, October 7, 2011
    at the beginning of class.
   Remember, this is a working rough draft,
    which means it can be subject to any
    changes that you see fit.
           Victorian Horror Novels

    Classics of the horror genre written during
     the Victorian Era:
1.   Frankenstein
2.   Dracula
3.   The Hound of the Baskervilles
4.   The Hunchback of Notre Dame
5.   The Picture of Dorian Gray
6.   Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
7.   The Invisible Man
   Elements of Classic Horror of the
            Victorian Age
 Psychological terror not physical terror
 Not a lot of bloodshed

 Suspense, Suspense, Suspense

 The object was to let the imagination go
    Restraints of the Victorian Age

 Firm moral values.
 Suggest the sins. Don’t than name
 Class conscious

 Age of change

 Age of great poverty and great riches
 How Proper were the Victorians?

 Ankles  as sex symbols?
 Draping of furniture?

 The euphemism of the drumstick

 Private dinner parties—

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