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Analyzing Horror Fiction: Next Steps

A guide to critical analysis of both classic and contemporary horror fiction


I hope that this guide has familiarized you with the many complexities hidden beneath the commercial appeal of horror fiction. Here are some additional sources, if you're interested in learning more:

Suggested Library of Congress Subject Headings

Subject Headings to Explore:

  • Horror Tales –History and Criticism
  • Horror Films – History and Criticism
  • Horror in literature

Book Recommendation

Related Libguide - Horror Subgenres

Horror Fiction by Jaymie Hoelldobler



Children's Horror author R.L. Stine has an online masterclass for anyone interested in writing horror novels or learning how writers may approach this complex genre:

Link to masterclass

Related Libguide - Reader's Advisory

On the Genre of Horror by Wendy Gardner and Jenny McMahon