There are many theories as to why people enjoy being scared. For example, "people who like horror films are more likely to score highly for openness to experience, a personality trait linked to intellect and imagination.
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Stephanie Demetrakopoulos illustrates a common interpretation of one of the benchmarks of the canon of horror literature. This scholarly journal article explores sexuality in Dracula , including overtones of sexuality in the typical aggressive male and female sexuality which is either reflective of the chaste woman or the sexually aggressive female vampire. Demetrakopoulos suggests Dracula was an outlet for Victorian society, breaking through sexual norms with symbolic group orgies, male desire for sexually aggressive women, denial of motherhood, etc.
She highlights ways in which the females defy gender boundaries by embodying masculine traits such as intelligence. It is a now commonly accepted viewpoint that the horror elements of Dracula 's portrayal of vampirism are metaphors for sexuality in a repressed Victorian era. She writes:. Halberstram articulates a view of Dracula as manifesting the growing perception of the aristocracy as an evil and outdated notion to be defeated. The depiction of a multinational band of protagonists using the latest technologies such as a telegraph to quickly share, collate, and act upon new information is what leads to the destruction of the Vampire.
This is one of many interpretations of the metaphor of only one central figure of the canon of horror fiction, as over a dozen possible metaphors are referenced in the analysis, from the religious to the anti-semitic. In addition to those essays and articles shown above, scholarship on horror fiction is almost as old as horror fiction itself.
In , the gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe published an essay distinguishing two elements of horror fiction, "terror" and "horror. Modern scholarship on horror fiction draws upon a range of sources. In their historical studies of the gothic novel, both Devandra Varma  and S.
Varnado  make reference to the theologian Rudolf Otto , whose concept of the " numinous " was originally used to describe religious experience. Achievements in horror fiction are recognized by numerous awards. The International Horror Guild Award was presented annually to works of horror and dark fantasy from to Other important awards for horror literature are included as subcategories within general awards for fantasy and science fiction in such awards as the Aurealis Award. Some writers of fiction normally classified as "horror" tend to dislike the term, considering it too lurid.
They instead use the terms dark fantasy or Gothic fantasy for supernatural horror,  or " psychological thriller " for non-supernatural horror. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about a genre of speculative fiction. For the film genre, see Supernatural horror film. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Alternate history.
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