197: Horror Fiction: An Observation30 December, 2010
Unusually among fiction genres, it is possible for horror fiction to sustain, until the last line of the story, uncertainty in the reader’s mind as to whether the events related are realistic or fantastic. This uncertainty adds to tension and moves the reader along. What that a ghost, or a plot to drive the heroine mad? Was the shark evil, or just doing its thing? Did the mirror actually foretell a murder, or is the narrator psychotic?
[[to locate some ambiguous horror fiction (and some unambiguous slasher stuff as well) google Terence Kuch]]