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Why Vampire, Werewolf, and Zombie Horror Is No Longer Scary

Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies are romanticized to the point where we are no longer afraid.

Vampires, werewolves, and zombies have become such a staple to today’s society that they are no longer scary audiences.  With TV shows like The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, and others, it has become tremendously harder to shock viewers when it comes to these traditional horror movie monsters.  They have been so romanticized that thinking of these monsters no longer instills fear.

In my opinion, it all started when Twilight came out.  Yes, before Twilight, there were vampire romance novels and some movies.  IT just didn’t have the same huge audience that the Twilight series did.  Once that came out, all anyone wanted to read and watch was vampire and werewolf romance.  Since the vampire craze started, there have been countless TV shows and movies that have come out to bank serious cash in those genres.  True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and others.  They do not bank on fear, they bank on drama and romance.

What does zombies have to do with this?  Ever since The Walking Dead came out, viewers have been more interested in the interconnecting of people who are in a zombie apocalypse and do not fear the zombies themselves.  Recent zombie movies aren’t even that scary anymore, just a lot of gore, but no real scare value.  I wish we could go back to the days where just thinking about those classic movies monsters impacted us with so much dread that we couldn’t sleep at night.

Why Sarah Michelle Gellar is My Favorite Scream Queen

Sarah Michelle Gellar sparked a revolution of female heroines in television.

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar is not only a scream queen, but a cult icon.  She has made several amazing horror movies, as well as stared in the revolutionary, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as Buffy herself.  She will always be my favorite scream queen, and here’s why.

She made the jump from television horror to movie horror

Most scream queens stick to the big screen, but not Sarah.  She was fighting off badies and things that go bump in the night for over seven years, twenty years ago.  While she was filming Buffy, she jumped right into Scream 2, playing a side character who met an untimely death.  Once Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran it’s natural course, she jumped right into The Grudge, and stared in multiple horror movies since then.

She is a female icon

Sarah was one of the very first, lead female heroines kicking butt in television history.  Most women previously played side characters while being dainty and fragile.  Not Sarah.  She sparked a revolution of female heroines in television since she appeared in Buffy.

Each Character is completely different

From Buffy to Karen, every character she plays is original, strong, and incites fear.

Thanks for reading guys!  This is just my opinion, and whether you disagree or agree, I would love to hear your thoughts or who your favorite scream queen is.  Take Care.

With Love,

Kenzie

Horror Erotica: Yay or Nay?

Horror erotica is a growing industry that pays big bucks – – worth writing it?

Horror erotica is a booming business.  Every year hundreds of people publish stories or novels that have vampires, werewolves, monsters, and much more in a sexual manner.  The difference between just having a sex scene in your work compared to erotica is that the entire stories foundation is sex, whereas a sex scene is only a small part in a normal horror novel.  I will be going over the positives and the negatives of writing horror erotica.  Who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy it?

 

The Positives

  • Sex sells – Sex always sells, no matter what format it is.  It can sell from action to romance and everything in between.  There is money to be made from writing and selling horror erotica.  People will pay for anything.  I have a few friends who publish monster erotica and they make a killing.
  • It is an art – If you can get someone off on a Godzilla sex scene, that it truly phenomenal.  I personally can’t do it, but I have seen some successes.
  • Popularity – since sex always sells, you will be rolling in the dough.  You should make a couple thousand off of each story you publish if you’re self publishing.  People will always want to buy the books.

The Negatives

  • Wont be taken seriously – If your goal is to become a respected author, you wont find it by writing smut.  If you are writing just to bring in some extra cash, then this is right for you.
  • Use of name – If you use your real name to write horror erotica and don’t use a pen name, then it can be linked back to your employers, family, and friends.  If your family supports you, awesome.  If you’d rather them not know about it then write under a pen name.

In conclusion, sex always sells.  Horror erotica is a growing sub-genre in the horror universe and I feel as though it is here to stay.  Whether or not you want to get on board with it, that’s up to you.  I personally am in the process of having my story, Hunger For Warmth, published in an upcoming horror-erotica anthology series.  Do I want to be known for horror erotica?  No.  Was it fun writing?  Hell yes.  Would I submit another short story?  Definitely.  As long as you are putting out other works besides horror erotica, that isn’t all you’ll ever be known for.

Horror: A Love Story

Horror has always, for as long as I can remember, been a huge part of my life.  Everything from watching it, reading it, and even writing it, nothing has been off limits for me.  I love everything about horror from the music, the visuals, and the way it just gets under your skin.  It is rare when you can find that magic in any other genre.  I will let you in on the history how horror became a huge part of my life and how it impacts me today.

It all started at the age of one.  Yes, one years old.  What most people would call bad parenting, I call amazing.  When I was just a little girl, my dad would watch Tales from the Crypt and plop me down on the pillow to watch it with him.  The opening scene has to be one of the most terrifying minute long horror segments that I watched as a child.  From there, as I got older, I started watching whatever horror movies would come on television.  At that point in time Child’s Play was still really popular and I was deathly afraid but yet in love with that movie.  Fast forward a few years and I am a middle school student.  I had walked into class and saw another girl making a list of people in the class and how they would die.  When I talked to her about it, it turns out that she got the idea from the movie Final Destination and from then on, we were soul mates.  I finally found the one person who understood my love for horror in a small town, and I was no longer the weird kid.

In high school, I started writing short stories, and wrote numerous terrible novels.  I decided to join a creative writing class in high school and actually won an award for my writing.  It was only high school level, but that I was the first time in my life that I felt my writing was worth something.  I have always loved writing and have only recently been trying to make something from it.  The hardest thing for me was actually making something scary.  Now that I’m older, I can take everything that scares me in my mind, and put it on paper.  I have a short story coming out the end of the year in an anthology series entitled Depraved Desires.  I have been working on my novel for some time now and am nearing completion, and I continue to submit short stories on almost a near daily basis.  Even if I never become traditionally published, a household name, or anything else that comes with being an author, I will still be happy because I am throwing myself into the thing that I love most: horror.