“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”. – H.P. Lovecraft
Much has been said about horror. Two years ago, I began an essay called An Account on the Existence of Horror with those exact words and not much has changed since. The topic at hand then was where horror originated and while I discussed modern examples of horror, one thing which I did not mention is that horror, as a whole, has gotten lazy and tired in recent years. Go on. Scowl. Laugh. Furiously type away at your keyboard. It’s all okay.
But you know it’s true.
Horror has hit a drought for solid, intelligent material, especially psychological horror as a subgenre. The goal of this blog is to discuss what makes great psychological horror, what makes bad psychological horror, what the issues facing the genre are and how they can be solved. I will do this via an examination of the subgenre that includes an analysis of films, video games and other stories that make up the heart of psychological horror as well as providing my own commentary in between posts.
Either way, psychological horror is all about the journey and whether it’s into the jungle with Captain Willard or on Sgt. Howie’s ill-fated quest to save a young girl, to the heights of the Overlook Hotel or to the depths of a vengeful Hell known as Silent Hill, I hope you would consider taking this journey with me.