Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Quest for Romantic Horror continues...

Here's an interesting article at HellNotes about the genre definition of horror.

The gist -- that horror is not so much a genre itself but a subcategory in all genre works when one of the author's goals is to evoke fear in a reader.

I can dig that. Because as I've said before in many places, to as many people who will listen, there is little physiological difference between the body's reaction when it's frightened and the body's reaction when it's aroused. To my mind that makes sensual romance and horror a hand-in-glove fit.

And I for one am eager to have my damp panties scared right off me, as long as I know there will be a reasonably happy ending.

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