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What do you think is wrong with Modern Horror Novels? (1 Viewer)

Avarice

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yeah i agree, theres always crap out there but theres always good stuff. Although dont go looking for King's new stuff, I dont think any one dares to tell him how bad hes become.

Pity.
 

Daniel Malone

Senior Member
King is still the modern "King" of horror, but I have read that horror sells are down since the 80's and 90's.

I just wondered why?
 

Kane

Senior Member
Did you compare the decline in horror sales with the sales of other types of books? IS it just horror that is declining or is it all types of books?
 

Daniel Malone

Senior Member
I am asking about horror. I am sure every genre has its peaks and valleys. It just seemed horror was more popular in the past.
 

zallan

Member
Yeah, I'm getting bored of Stephen King now... The Cell doesn't sound so promising. I guess anything related to the modern real world is horror, because that's life, heheh.
 

Addison

Senior Member
The principle problem with the genre altogether is the disconcerting lack of subtlety as entertained by its practitioners.

Another point to consider is that there is no longer any real understanding of the difference between "terror" and "horror".
 

Mike C

WF Veterans
Addison said:
Another point to consider is that there is no longer any real understanding of the difference between "terror" and "horror".

Or "Horror" and "schlock" or "gorefest".
 

Avarice

Senior Member
CNN reporting on the iraq war and the bush administration calling americans traitors for wanting to find the truth.

Thats enough horror.
 

IamLegend

Senior Member
A raging lack of originality could be a major cause. It seems that with modern horror there's very few authors with new and authentic ideas these days. You'll have someone write a "horror" novel with ideas seemingly penned years ago by someone with the likes of King, just slightly altered for modern use.
 

Banzai

Senior Member
In Stephen King's defence, his Dark Tower series is very good, although I suppose it isn'h horror so much as...weird...which could be horror in itself, I suppose. I haven't read The Cell yet, or any other of his more modern 'horror' books, but he can definitely still write.
 

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