Horror Genre Definition – What’s the best definition for the horror genre? Horror stories are designed to evoke fear, fascination, or revulsion in the reader. This is done either through supernatural elements or psychological circumstances. Sometimes horror is also considered dark fantasy because the laws of nature must be violated in some way, qualifying the story as fantastic.

Werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghosts, and monsters are common in horror stories, as well as people who are considered crazy and are bent on the harm of others. Horror stories feed on basic human emotions, eliciting sympathy and dread whenever possible. The stories contain higher rates of death and torture than most other genres.

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horror genre definition book coverHorror Genre Definition – Examples

Review this list of popular examples to help you get a better understanding of the horror fiction genre.

1. At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror by H.P. Lovecraft

2. Carrie by Stephen King

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

5. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

6. I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson

7. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice

8. It by Stephen King

9. Misery by Stephen King

10. Needful Things by Stephen King

11. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

12. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

13. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

14. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

15. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

16. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

17. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

18. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

19. The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

20. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

21. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

22. The Mist by Stephen King

23. The Shining by Stephen King

24. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

25. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brook

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Horror Genre Definition – Related Book Genres

* Dark Fantasy Fiction Genre

* Gothic Fiction Definition

* Monster Fiction Genre

* Occult Fiction Genre

* Vampire Fiction Genre

* Werewolf Fiction Genre

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