Guest Blog Post—Why Horror? By Natalie Gibson

We are excited to welcome Author Natalie Gibson to our blog today. Week two of our celebrate #INDIEpendence event focuses on horror and science fiction. Settle back, get comfy and read on about why Natalie Gibson enjoys horror…be sure to join her at our Facebook event for a live author chat and enter our giveaways this month. Details at bottom of post.

Horror’s legacy is as old as humanity. We can trace the telling of monster and ghost stories back to ancient times. Almost every culture has their own tales of vampires, shapeshifters and even zombies starting before the written word. From pre-history to the Grimm fairytales to Paranormal Activity 3, horror has always been a part of the human experience. What is it about horror that we find so fascinating? There are many opinions on this. Is it possible that partaking of a little horror in life is good for us? I say yes, this vast and varied genre can be beneficial.

In my house, we are all about Hallowe’en. We have more scary decorations than we do red and green ones. So when my daughter began to show her love of all things spooky, it seemed natural. Other people thought we were crazy to make our own Styrofoam gravestones for display. “It’s so morbid,” the neighbors said. When Gwendolyn came out dressed for school in March in her favorite skeleton T-shirt, I didn’t say a word. She likes Goosebumps, Ruby Gloom, Mona the Vampire, and Kendra Kandlestar (more fantasy than horror but she likes it because of the creatures). Her first real drawing was of a Frankenstein monster who was covered in green stitches. Monsters are her favorite, while I am partial to vampires and my husband prefers zombies.

I think all of this is very healthy. There are life lessons to be learned from horror. My daughter knows that to kill a zombie you cut off the head and that vampires drink blood. Useless information for the real world, yes, but not everything learned from horror is. Examples: You never invite a stranger into your home. Going to a secluded area isn’t always the best plan. Not telling your parents where you’re going when you’re staying out late can be dangerous.

Horror stories allow us to explore fear and death from a slightly separated space. We will die; all are doomed. When we read or watch a fictional depiction of that, we face our greatest fear. We are free to explore feeling without consequence. It’s a safe way to experience being scared. People have a need for stimulation and excitement, but we don’t want it at the risk of actual personal peril. We know that when we are done, we won’t be missing any limbs or have a stake through the heart. It’s reassuring because it’s fiction. Monsters are in the books, not real life. Once we are finished reading or watching, we can simply put up that entertainment and, subsequently, the fear too.

After I answer the inevitable question, “why horror?” the next is always, “but you’re a woman!”  I think Bela Lugosi said it best:  “It is women who bear the race in bloody agony. Suffering is a kind of horror. Blood is a kind of horror. Women are born with horror in their very bloodstream. It is a biological thing.”

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4 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post—Why Horror? By Natalie Gibson

  1. This is such a great argument for why people should read and watch horror. I almost feel like I’m missing out now! I’ve never gotten into horror, unless you count the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe, which I love. I scare really easily and I was always that girl who ran outside and hid when everyone else was telling ghost stories. Maybe I should have stayed and listened. Would love to see your house at Halloween, Natalie! 🙂

  2. Outstanding post, especially the Bela Lugosi quote. Now you’ve got me intrigued (and horror isn’t normally my thing). I’m off to check out your work. Have a great day!

    Paul R. Hewlett

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