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A painting which incorporates elements of horror.

Horror is a theme in various forms of fiction which use concepts like fear, eeriness, and shocking content to create feelings of terror and dread. It usually focuses on the occult and supernatural elements. It is a major grouping of speculative fiction and, though this is not mandatory, is often mixed with fantasy and science fiction. The genre is thousands of years old and is popularly presented in a format of books, films, television shows, audio, comic books, and various other forms of media.


Due to lax parenting, I was exposed to a lot of horror movies as a very young child. At the time, all this terrifying fiction significantly scared me and partially caused me to seek religion as a shield from the evils I saw in films. In my teens, I stopped seeing monster horror scary, because I knew monsters didn't exist, but I still found occult horror scary because I believed in the occult. However, as I got older and started discovering that pretty much every example of the occult that had been investigated turned out the be fraud or ignorance, I started seeing horror fiction as rather childish. This same understanding of the occult also caused my religiosity to wane. I didn't much care for the horror genre because I usually found the topics rather childish and I didn't care for jump-scares or body horror, and, this decreased belief in the occult also caused me to roll my eyes at supernatural horror. In my late-20s I tried re-expose myself to popular horror franchises like Hellraiser, but I just couldn't appreciate the poor plots, bad acting, and reliance on debunked myths. Today, I enjoy fiction with suspense, but when it ventures into horror, I start to get annoyed at how it essentially gives Christian fundamentalism a free pass. I do tend to enjoy shows that mock the failings of popular horror tropes like Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.