Horror Fiction

Horror fiction is a genre of literature, which is intended to, or has the capacity to scare its readers, inducing feelings of horror and terror. Horror can be either supernatural or non-supernatural. The genre has ancient origins which were reformulated in the eighteenth century as Gothic fiction (q.v.), usually involving a young woman in danger, crumbling ruins, madness, etc.

When that genre had run its course, a more sophisticated form of fiction took its place, with supernatural themes and psychological elements.

Major exponents of this form were H.P. Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson and W.W. Jacobs.

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