The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Book Review by Parisa Afkham
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving follows the story of a poor schoolmaster called Ichabod Crane as he tries to woo the Heiress Katrina Van Tassel to obtain some more money. However, he must beat his rival Brom Bones, to marry Katrina. This story takes place in the mysterious town of Sleepy Hollow where things aren’t always as they seem.
Frankenstein Book Review by Pei Fu
In this suspenseful, tormenting tale, Mary Shelley lays bare the limitations of humanity that must not be defied. Merging science-fiction and Gothic horror, Frankenstein pushes readers’ conception of nature and morality. The foreshadowing and dreadful inevitability present throughout make it a frightening demonstration of how glory and genius may in fact brink on devastation.
The Tell-Tale Heart Book Review by Elena Juarez
Imagine nails on a chalkboard. Imagine the sound of styrofoam rubbing together. Imagine the sound of someone chewing with their mouth open or the non-stop clicking of a pen. How far would you go to make it stop? This is what “The Tell-Tale Heart'' by Edgar Allen Poe explores.
Dracula Book Review by Asher Lee
Dracula is one of the most iconic, oldest monster and horror creature. It is most notable for its slow burn horror, written in letters from different perspectives. It is also experimental; back then the horror always ended when you escaped the 'haunted mansion'. In Dracula the horror follows you home
Since the existence of humans, there has been an interrelationship between humans and the environment. We consider ourselves the grandest, smartest, and most resourceful creatures that ever scaled this planet. We have utilized every resource this planet could provide to fulfill the needs of the ever-growing population using our intelligence, memory, imaginary ability, skills which only we, humans possess. We pride ourselves on dominating this planet. But what if there is something stronger than us, something beyond humanity, something beyond our imagination? We as humans are a minuscule part of this vast universe. Humans always have had the fear of the unknown. From this fear sprung the genre of ‘horror'.
Did you know The Young Writer’s Initiative (TYWI) hosts a podcast? It’s true! Moving Write Along is a podcast made by young writers, for young writers. Whether you like listening to original stories or debates about plotter vs. pantser, this podcast has you covered. You wouldn’t know from listening that the three hosts have only just met, and this speaks to their chemistry and wit. Moving Write Along fosters a community of encouragement and accessibility, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to interview the three lovely hosts — Ruby, Kat, and Ray — of this writerly podcast. Would you like to meet them?
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, don’t let me stop you! NaNoWriMo does a lot of good. The writing challenge encourages you to start something new, to follow ideas and brainstorm. And during the challenge, you get the extra motivation to write more than normal. Motivation is great! But there’s a small beef I have with NaNoWriMo, and that’s the word count goal. In this article I bring you four alternative methods to track your progress.
Not all horror mediums function the same way. Movies have an advantage when it comes to portraying horror, thanks to the combination of audio and visual components. You see something scary, but the music builds up tension until released by a slasher or ghost jumping out. With books, the audience receives neither of these, but gains the freedom to imagine things in a way that’s terrifying to them. If a character in a book gets decapitated, the reader gets to envision how the head flies off, where it lands, how the blood spills, all of that.
Horror comics work differently. They contain the visual aspects of film, but lack the advantage of audio. There’s some space for the reader to influence the action with their imagination, but not as much as traditional books. It’s an awkward middle ground to navigate, but writers continue to make successful horror comics.
So how do they do it? What’s the trick? Here’s a couple tools horror comic writers use to their advantage.
Wind in a dark night. Moonlight on an empty path. These small miscellanies are what make up a horror piece. Fiction structures almost no boundaries — descriptions go on and on and on only restrained by the paper’s white edges. But poetry is less forgiving. There are so few words and so little time. How then, should one create poetry with horror as muse? In The Highwayman by Alfred Noyles, the chilling atmosphere of the gallops leading up and away from the old inn, of watching your lover by the moonlight, of glass windows shattering from gunshots in the middle of the night are all attributed to the development of one thing -- setting.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, where indulging in the horrific is not only acceptable, but encouraged. At this point, you may have watched a scary movie or five, binged a few seasons of your favorite horror show, or read Frankenstein forwards and backwards. In this article, I hope to expand your media horizons by recommending (in no particular order) some of my favorite horror comics and graphic novels.
The horror genre flourishes in the comic medium because of the visual aspect. It allows the creators to show the reader something scary, like a movie, while maintaining an experience you endure alone as you read by yourself. Any of the following will leave you unsettled and unnerved, so I encourage you to give them a shot.