The Beginning Of Horror Films By Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, And Edgar Allan Poe

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Palms sweating, heart racing, blanket clenching. Have you experienced this chilling feeling before? Every person has a limit to their willingness to watch horror films. Some people get a thrill out of watching horror films while others avoid the experience altogether. Humans try to eliminate fear from their lives, but fear in moderation is beneficial. While fear is often an emotion people tend to avoid, some actually embrace it as a result of fear creating feelings of joy and a rush. Fear motivates one to keep moving forward, creates the feeling of invincibility, and forces a person to live in the moment.
Horror stories have been told and heard since anyone can remember. In the late 1700s, gothic writers like Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Edgar Allan Poe influenced the beginning of horror films. Gothic writing included dungeons, castles, secret passageways, and stormy nights. Important elements to gothic writing are a fascination for the past, something supernatural, and an exotic location. Frankenstein, a science-fiction novel by Mary Shelley wrote in 1818, is still being read today. Although scholars did not approve of her writing because it was “a tissue of horrible and disgusting absurdity” (Croker), many people found the book interesting because it explored scientific theories. Another science-fiction novel that first introduced gothic writing is Dracula by Bram Stoker written in 1897. This novel appeals to the fascination of vampires and scientific creatures. Because…

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