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Horror story (narrative genre) -- Encyclopedia Britannica. 25 scary stories by Stephen King and other great horror writers you can read NOW. We live in an age where you can experience horror in a multitude of ways, but a short, spooky story is still one of the purest. The short story is a time-honored part of literature as a whole, but it's always been particularly successful as part of the horror genre. Think back to when you first read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" in junior high and you'll know what I mean. There's something about the finely honed, brief burst of the short story that makes it absolutely perfect for scares, and that's left us with a plethora of spooky tales from centuries of writing to enjoy over and over again. Though you have to visit a bookstore (or your e-book store of choice) to enjoy many of these tales, quite a few of them have found their way into the public domain by now, or they're just available for free via one publication or another.

Just click on the story title to enjoy its creepy contents. "Beyond the Wall" by Ambrose Bierce "The Thing on the Doorstep" by H.P. "Mrs. Edgar Allan Poe, Short Stories, Tales, and Poems - Classic Gothic Ghost Stories. Christmas Ghost Stories: The Ghost of Christmas Past Goes Further Back Than You Might Realize Philipsburg Manor in Winter, Sleepy Hollow, New York “When I returned to the drawing-room, I found the company seated around the fire, listening to the parson, who was deeply ensconced in a high-backed oaken chair, the work of some cunning artificer of yore, which had been brought from the library for his particular accommodation. […] Read the full article → The Mezzotint From Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M.

R. James M.R. James had a knack for compressing a chilling tale into a short space. Read the full article → Top 10 best classic horror stories of all time. As a lover of books, probably more than films, I couldn’t but consider why in the lead up to Halloween horror films are all over the cinema billboards and litter the TV schedule, while classic gothic literature is relegated to dusty library shelves. Granted, scary movies boast something of a cult following, and its much less committal to watch a movie than read a book, yet few are actually good films. Damsels in distress walking around a dark haunted house in their underwear, werewolfs, zombies and vampires rising from the dead and hungry for blood are the basic scary movie preambles.

In truth there are few seminal movies of the horror genre which have made cinema history, but there are plenty of dark literary works, that well, are true masterpieces. Take a trip into the western canon of literature and come out the other side, scared and more cultured. The Woman in Black, Susan Hill, 1983 The Turn of the Screw, Henry James, 1898 The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson, 1959.

The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service. Classic Horror Lovers - Reading Classic Horror: Creepy/Classic Horror Poetry (showing 1-17 of 17) Classic Horror Short Stories - The Greatest Horror Story Collection. Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear? The science behind the appeal of haunted houses, freak shows, and physical thrills. This time of year, thrillseekers can enjoy horror movies, haunted houses, and prices so low, it’s scary. But if fear is a natural survival response to a threat, or danger, why would we seek out that feeling?

Dr. Margee Kerr is the staff sociologist at ScareHouse, a haunted house in Pittsburgh that takes all year to plan. She also teaches at Robert Morris University and Chatham University, and is the only person I’ve ever heard referred to as a “scare specialist.” Dr. Why do some people like the feeling of being scared, while others don’t? Not everyone enjoys being afraid, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that no one wants to experience a truly life-threatening situation. Lots of people also enjoy scary situations because it leaves them with a sense of confidence after it’s over. What happens in our brains when we’re scared? Why Our Brains Love Horror Movies: Fear, Catharsis, a Sense of Doom. Americans tell themselves that anything is possible when it comes to self-improvement, obscuring the truth that the privileged benefit from parental investment, strategic behavior, and simple capture of the institutions, like corporate boards, that hand out the money.

This country needs some good class treason. Our meritocracy is doing more harm than good, and its members—and everyone else—need to start questioning it. I am a product of that meritocracy. Born and raised in West Virginia, way out in the country, I tested and wrote my way into elite schools, and now I teach at one. It’s a meritocratic age. So I pulled up hard last week reading economist Thomas Piketty’s ground-breaking study of inequality, Capital in the 21st Century. We need a foundation of political equality and social guarantees: education, personal security, health care for those who need it, and the expectation of a fair retirement. The way we pick “winners” in this country is a hybrid.

Market meritocracy is worse. Why We Love Scary Movies. Horror films are more graphic than ever. Why do we watch, and what do scary movies do to us? Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save? We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. WebMD Archive Halloween is nigh, and along with the parade of adorable elves and fairies knocking on your door come some more disturbing phenomena: scary haunted houses, wild parties and, perhaps most jarringly, a new onslaught of ghastly horror films. This year the biggest new release will be Saw IV, the fourth installment of a tale of a psycho who delights in putting his victims through ever more elaborate and deadly traps. Scary movies are nothing new, but films like those in the Saw and Hostel series have offered something different: They focus less on the suspense of the chase and more on the suffering of the victim, leading some to dub them "torture porn.

" Recommended Related to Mental Health 5 Halloween Character Case Files. Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society. Horror Movies: Why People Love Them. This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation. This time of year, screens big and small entertain our basest instincts with horrifying gore, monsters, insanity and the supernatural. Although considered a mostly niche genre, horror films enjoy an avid following and rake in plenty of bucks at the box office. Yet, as horror buffs come down from their Halloween rush, many are ready to do it again.

Being scared out of their wits, it seems, is fun. Audiences get another chance this weekend as the "based-on-true-events" alien-abduction thriller "The Fourth Kind" (Universal) opens nationwide. "Every scene in this movie is supported by archival footage. Some of what you are about to see is extremely disturbing," says Dr. The question is: Why? Desired effect It's not merely an attraction to blood and gore, experts say. "You choose your entertainment because you want it to affect you. Just plain suspense In your brain. Horror stories: What makes us like the frights? Your DNA loves horror movies. In The Exorcist, a little girl is possessed by a demon. Although the film takes place in Western culture, even a naked rainforest Indian would be scared by the scenes with the creepy, possessed girl with the yellow cat eyes.

Our DNA contains a mechanism that makes us fear rottenness and predators, says Danish researcher. The little girl sits in bed looking like a dissolved corpse. She scowls at the priest with her yellow eyes. ”Your mother's in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? Suddenly she opens her mouth and a thick squirt of green slime hits the priest’s face. As you may have guessed by now, this is a famous scene from the classic horror movie The Exorcist. It may seem a bit odd that something this horrible and disgusting can achieve the popularity that it has. “They had to train their reactions to stressful situations, and the desire to do so became stored in their DNA – which we still carry today.

Evolution taught us to fear zombies Mathias Clasen Ongoing research. Why we like to be scared: The science behind the scream - Health. Fear By Dr. Robi Ludwig TODAY contributor Oct. 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM ET Heather Donahue faces the camera in a scene from the 1999 horror film 'The Blair Witch Project.' Mwaaaa-haaa-haaaa-haaaa…Halloween is coming near, and that means all the frightening images and costumes are taking center stage. But enjoying these scary situations is a slightly different topic. And as it turns out, many of us do. We like being scared and this is not a new phenomenon. When we have the daylights frightened out of us our heart beats a little faster, we breathe a bit more intensely, perspire more and get butterflies in the pit of our stomachs. There’s also a hormonal component when it comes to fear and enjoyment. On a psychological level there’s an appeal to vicariously experience what’s forbidden, bizarre or dark.

Creepy stories help us to release strong emotions. And while one person’s scary might be another person’s enjoyable, some of us are pre-destined from birth to choose a more terrifying life route.