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I've always enjoyed a good scary story, but for several years I've always felt quite let down with the movies that are produced. Being someone who lives and works in the real world, as many if not all of you, also do I don't exactly have a lot of time to look for that next good scare.
Don't get it twisted, though! It's not like I really enjoy waking up in the middle of the night anxious for no reason or being afraid with the lights on or what happens when I turn them off. Horror and terror are more about curiosity and the exploration of ourselves than anything else. More so than politics, philosophy, or science; I find myself mentally ruminating more over concepts of terror and horror. How does one arrive in such a situation? Is it even remotely plausible? How much does this concept of terror/horror challenge the established notions and rules we live by in the world as we know it? It's fascinating.
Horror often gets accompanied with violence, but you don't have a dependency there. Terror and horror are nuanced, which may not be noticeable at first glance. At least to me they are. With terror you have fear of the state of becoming or witnessing - it's much more immediate and exists in the present. Horror can be something that is in a state of permanence or has occurred, but I guess that's not entirely true since we have words like "horrifying" in our language. How do I put it..."horror" is more like something that is or could be. That latter bit is very important because when we talk macabre, talk, and eerie stuff it exists solely in a headspace and we haven't yet given it the time of day in our imaginations.
By that reasoning, terror is much more potent to me. It's when you stop thinking "this atmosphere is creepy" and start thinking "I don't want anything to happen to me in this atmosphere". Terror reeks of peril and the natural aversion to it.
If I publish any other pastas or receive questions I'll probably put them in their own entries to isolate discussion. This is mostly to keep from spoiling anything, but I'll also include a heads up in case people end up at the blog instead of the pasta.