So, I really wasn’t kidding when I said I wanted to grow up to be Elvira. Horror hosts and anthology shows are things that have always intrigued me. Shows like The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Dark Side, Tales from the Crypt, and on and on…they’re fabulous. Where else can you get such a range of stories, from those that are more pulp-oriented to those that are downright literary? And with the horror hosts, where else can you find good, old-fashioned cheesy schlock and appreciate it for what it is? I’m a lover of all of that stuff, especially when it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
I love that there are book variations of the theme, too. From anthologies that show us the best selections of genre fiction like The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, to comic titles like EC and Creepy and Tales from the Crypt (yes, it’s a comic, too) that help us appreciate quickie genre stories that are over-the-top and there for genre’s sake, well…I’m glad they all exist. They all play to different moods people have and different sides of the same coin.
There is definitely a part of the horror genre that aims to make us think. It can use metaphor as commentary and scare us because it really makes us dig down and wonder about ourselves.
There is also that part of horror that is gratuitous, implausible, and so borderline ridiculous that it sometimes drifts into comedic territory. I totally love that, too. I’ve said it before but laughter and tears are two sides of the same coin. Horror and comedy go hand in hand…they’re twins of a sort. Isn’t that what Halloween is about, after all? You recognize your mortality, you fear what’s out there, but you’re also so glad you’re alive, it makes you laugh in relief.
So why not appreciate the full scope of horror – from the terrifying to the terribly hilarious?
And now I want to hear from you…what are your favorite horror types? Do you like things gory? Do you like subtle and spooky? More fantasy oriented? Sexy? True to life? Supernatural? Gothic? Historical? Silly?
What about horror hosts? Are you an Elvira fan? Svenghouli? The Cool Ghoul? Who do you remember fondly? What shows, B Movies or anthology shows/books do you favor?