This article by Stephen Graham Jones came out a couple of days ago on Tor.com. In it, Jones talks about the fact that horror has continued to horrify over centuries of similar stories because, at heart, they're all 'cautionary tales' that play on primal fears so, ergo, will always work. I don't watch, read, or write slasher horror, but I do play a lot with dark fantasy and weird - which both dance around the edges of the 'things that go bump in the night' brand of horror. An interesting read.
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