Friday, September 27, 2013

"Horror 101: This Apartment is HELL!" and Continuing Series on Horror

A few days ago I began a blog series on the importance of the horror genre and what it's capable of at Kristen Lamb's blog. Part One of "Why Is Horror So Important?" ran on Wednesday and Part Two ran on Thursday, and today should see the release of the next segment of the series, Part One of "Why Writing Good Horror is - and SHOULD BE - Hard."

Also, another segment of Horror 101 is up, a piece I affectionately call "This Apartment is Hell!" In it, I examine how the "the house" motif - or what Stephen King calls "The Bad Place" in Danse Macabre - is played out in apartments,  most notably in The Sentinel by Jeffery Konvitz, The Brownstone, by Ken Eulo and Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. My recommended additional readings in "the house" motif this month are Audrey's Door by Sarah Langan and No Doors, No Windows by Joe Schrieber. 

Now, I've gotta admit two things, here:

1. All the books in this month's segment could easily be cross-listed as "religious horror" with their themes of demon possession and satanic conspiracies. It's likely that when I move into that segment of horror, I'll revisit one or all of these novels and look at them from THAT perspective. 

2. I willingly shoe-horned Rosemary's Baby into this month's podcast. Admittedly, the conspiracy of those LIVING in that apartment building is the center of that novel's "evil force" and not the apartment building itself, but I offered up the premise that fellow tenants can simply be considered extensions of the "home" you're moving into, and went from there. Hope listeners will forgive me for the liberties taken, here.

Anyway, enjoy!