Metaphors in Horror

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 24, 2019



Metaphors in Horror



Horror is perfect for metaphor and allegory. In fact, a horror story is often allegorical by default, what with its bizarre landscapes and freaky beasties.

Here are some categories of horror and some thoughts on what they symbolize:

Reality Bites


psycho killer! Qu'est-ce que c'est ...












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When Anyone Can Die

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 31, 2019



In a story when any character is plausibly eligible to die, the stakes are high. We worry for everyone, even main characters than in other stories wouldn't be on the chopping board at all. It's a great premise to have for your story setup, because it makes the ...

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Writing Mental Illness (Part 1)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 12, 2019




Writing a character with mental illness can be a very tricky thing. Writers usually go for the extremely rare, exotic and spectacular: multiple personality disorders, extreme manifestations of psychopathy or sociopathy, high functioning autism with that ever alluring ‘savant’ magic going for the character, bombastically spectacular schizophrenia… in many ways ...


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Say My Name: Titles

Banes at 12:00AM, March 15, 2018



Say My Name

There are titles that fit perfectly with their subject, titles that could fit multiple subjects/contexts, and titles that don't work at all.
Recently I've seen several titles referenced that made me say “I HAVE to see that/read that!”.

A title can be handy ...






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Quackcast 347 - Psychopomps and Death Personified - HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAWAII!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Nov. 7, 2017

LISTEN!

First up: Happy birthday to Kawaii! Happy 32nd birthday and 4 year of doing admin stuff on DD ^_^
We all love and respect you on DD XX

A psychopomp is a physical manifestation of death. These are of course impossible in reality since death is a process, not ...




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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, 2017!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Oct. 30, 2017



Six weeks ago, at the end of my article titled “Psychopomps and Death Personified”, I asked the question: Can you think of any examples of the personification of Death in a comic? How about on Drunk Duck (Yes, you can plug your own comic)?

Much to my delight, fellow community ...



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Psychopomps and Death Personified

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 18, 2017


Chihiro and No Face from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Studio Ghibli

I was driving home from work this evening and an unusual, rather old fashioned looking car with bright high beams began following me on my route. When I made a turn, I looked in the side mirror ...


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Jump Scares and Inappropriate Laughter

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 11, 2017



I think I spent my Saturday night the same way as plenty of other people did–in a movie theater watching a film based on a book by Stephen King (and No, I am not talking about The Dark Tower). It is still September since the last time I checked ...

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Metaphorror

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 27, 2016



METAPHORROR

Hey, they're always tellin' me to recycle!

Last Halloween I did a breakdown of four categories of horror. So I've repurposed it here, images and all, to talk about the metaphorical nature of horror.

Horror is perfect for metaphor and allegory. In fact, a horror story is ...







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Finding My Way to Paradise Falls

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, July 11, 2016


I was feeling emotional a few nights ago, so I did what I normally do in this situation–I went on YouTube and watched clips from sad children's movies. I picked the intro montage from Disney Pixar's UP as my poison of choice and it did the job ...

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