But horror and fiction? Now that's a lovely pair.
I like Stephen Kings work. I like the fact that he's not necessarily flamboyant with his horror. His horror and fiction present a minor intrusion into an ordinary world. The only thing I don't like deals with a sensibility I grew as I continued to read fiction. In most horror books dealing with fictional foes, it is often a human being against something non-human. To me this is a really cool setup because you wonder how the abilities of these two things would pair against each other. How does a human being defeat a ghost? But then it gets ruined by things like God-magic (crosses and prayers), magic items, and the like. While its entertaining, it's also a bit deflating because in essence the human being doesn't win. God, the magic item, or something metaphysical like "the power of love" wins for them. Human beings are dependent on other things outside of themselves to solve the problems they are presented with.
I do like those stories that make the humans remain human and do not give them any buffs and stuff to aid them against these supernatural foes because then its much more interesting. It's like the Dark Souls game in a small way- a game known for putting the player in very challenging situations and forcing you to find a way past it- even if you must die repeatedly to figure it out. In fiction, the vampire is often introduced and built up as the very powerful predator gifted with physical power, magic powers, and a piercing understanding of human psychology. These vampires are often depicted as very cunning killers- very intelligent. And yet the way these creatures are often dispatched in movies is entertaining, but not really convincing. I always wondered...what if the movie was about these fools trying to challenge a supernatural entity such as this with such a ridiculous plan as walking up and driving a stake through it's heart and failing utterly? And then at the end of the movie it shows the rest of the villagers that manage to flee and among them a child not related to one of the hunters (end the tropes, please) who looks on. This child who realizes that you can't fight these things that way. That instead of praying for a miracle or seeking out some magic item he's going to have to think of a way within a humans ability to solve this problem and the clocks ticking because this thing is going to keep killing and killing until he figures it out.
The thing I don't like is that all too often we abandon our humanity to accomplish a goal in fiction. To me, a good deal of the horror is dependent on how vulnerable you are. As human beings we are very vulnerable. I can't drop more then ten feet without my feet stinging. If something hits me toe, time stops. So how would I fair against a werewolf with preternatural speed and power and a body density that would allow it to soak up a lot of bullets on it's way to tearing me to pieces? Werewolves, though, have a manageable failing. They aren't as intelligent as they are instinctual and driven by a sort of frenzy and they have a significant window of vulnerability when they revert to human form. The caveat would be that according to their fiction they can reproduce in the unlikely event they wound rather than kill another human and so you could be dealing with more than one threat.
As with most things in writing, it all comes back to the human condition. Horror can be about our achievement over the most terrifying developments in life, or our extreme and fatal vulnerability to it. But to me the real weight of such a story depends on the human character remaining human. It's a choice of style, I know, and I'm not saying that this is what should be the definition of horror for everyone, but I do feel it would help the horror genre out a lot when they make movies. They depend on the externals too much. You don't even need monsters to have a horror movie. It's our vulnerability the monster exposes that brings the real horror. Our vulnerability that is exposed when faced with the unknown or the uncertain. Our vulnerability when our logical minds are presented with aggressive madness.