Throughout my articles you will find that I praise authors for the job and artistry they perform. Here is what I see as a publisher and enthusiast when an individual submits parts of a horror manuscript to me: A mirror that reflects that person’s past experiences and emotions and the boldness to overcome fear and judgement. Nothing reflects this, in my experience so far, better than horror fiction.
Everyone has been scared of something in their life. We can all relate to this concept as human beings. Reading horror fictions give people the privilege and opportunity to learn from what the authors have already perceived or experienced in life in regards to this genre. This perspective makes this concept a rare opportunity to learn how other’s think or how others think others think (this is becoming a strange sentence) in those little talked about human moments of fight or flight. Yes that last excerpt is carefully thought out and correct. One of the most important skills you can learn in life is to be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. When one writes a book, this concept is brought to the next level. They’re not just putting themselves in someone else’s shoes, they’re putting themselves in the individual shoes of sometimes a town full of people. This concept is important to understand when moving on. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is a gift not many utilize. The world would be a much different place if that was to happen. A lot can be learned from those with that ability.
The different genres of books each have something unique to offer beyond what the upfront story tells. For me, it’s important to find the meaning behind the meaning. Sometimes that is exactly what the author wants. Whether it be the comparison between Peter Pan and the analogy of never growing up, The Exorcist and battling one’s inner demons, or Pinocchio and cutting your own puppet strings, there are even better lessons that one can learn from deriving abstract thoughts from different stories.
Next time you read a horror book realize that you a receiving not just one story, but multiple stories. Always be open to new things and ideas. I find myself deep in thought sometimes thinking about the concepts behind the concepts after finishing a book. What experiences or thought processes the author had to have been put through in order to reflect to the world different scary situations, analogies, and scenarios. I invite you to go back through books that you have read in the past with this new perspective. You never know. You could just experience a completely different story all together!
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