The Protagonist Next Door: Where Horror’s Best Critic Says We’re Going Wrong


Here is another excellent discussion on the writing of horror by KC Redding-Gonzalez!

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

The question of how American Horror lost its scariness is a daunting one.

So if you are one of the many who are baffled by how we wound up in this unscary place, rest assured that even the Critics are mystified. There are speculations, of course; I myself have made several. But when it comes to really looking at the problem, we have to get into the technical issues – everything from tropes to convention and the literal execution of story.

Because Horror as a genre is just beginning its official Literary Critical journey, we are also at the beginning of the kind of intense excavations literary analysis will bring – along with its insights and – yes – opinions. So for those of us pondering the mystery of missing horror in Horror, we can and should look at the earliest of Critical argument as the hunt for the scary…

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2 thoughts on “The Protagonist Next Door: Where Horror’s Best Critic Says We’re Going Wrong

  1. Thank you for reblogging! I really hope Humanities undergrads who love Horror and dark fantasy will seriously think about going all the way to Literary Criticism PhD’s…. This is such an opportunity for young people to make a real and historic difference with their “useless” humanities degrees!

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