The Movies That Make You Scream!

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AuthorHouse, May 1, 2007 - Fiction - 108 pages
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1.        Why Do Horror Movies Work?

 

From the beginning, mankind has known fear.  Lightning forked through the sky and thunder boomed down from the heavens--terrible and incomprehensible events to ancient man.  A myriad of viruses and diseases, now identifiable and treatable by modern medicine, caused people to drop dead suddenly for no reason, and predators prowled the dark forests and thinned the human tribes of the prehistoric era. 

 

Our genetic history has carried the primordial impulse for fear forward into modern times.  Who, even in these high-tech times, doesn't hold their breath when the electricity suddenly goes out?  Who doesn't wonder at the strange creaks and groans that sound at midnight as an old house settles into the earth?  It is this instinct to fear, with all of its biological side effects--goose bumps, rapid breathing, hair standing on end--that makes horror work in film and literature.

 

This book looks at a number of adaptations of the written works of Stephen King brought to the big screen and the pressure points in the human psyche that in my opinion makes these movies so successful in their efforts to make us very, very afraid.  Finally, a number of horror movie reviews I have written over the years are provided as well as a short original piece of horror fiction for your enjoyment.

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About the author (2007)

    R. David Fulcher is an author of horror, science fiction, fantasy and poetry.  His first novel, a historical drama set in World War II entitled Trains to Nowhere, and his second and third books, a collection of fantasy and science fiction short stories called Blood Spiders and Dark Moon and another collection of fantasy and science fiction short stories entitled The Cemetery of Hearts, are all available from www.authorhouse.com and www.amazon.com.  His work has appeared in numerous small press publications including Lovecraft’s Mystery Magazine, Black Satellite, The Martian Wave, Burning Sky, Shadowlands, Twilight Showcase, Heliocentric Net, Gateways, Weird Times, Freaky Frights and the anthology Silken Ropes.  His passion for the written word has also inspired him to edit and publish the literary magazine Samsara, located online at www.samsaramagazine.net, which has showcased the work of writers and poets for over a decade.
            R. David Fulcher resides in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife Lisa, a native of Stony Brook, Long Island, and their five cats Lucifer, Whistler, Whisper, Missy and Inky.

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