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Posted 02 February 2011 - 11:26 AM

Feel free to discuss anything here that leans more toward the Horror and Thriller genres. True hair raising and edge of seat sitting are rampant in these genres and both are an art to be studied. We really can make the heart race!

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 04:30 PM

How do you define thriller? Like a psychological thriller that makes my insides quiver while reading? One that is so psychologically whacked out it feels unreal even though there is nothing truely paranormal about it? I love those kinds of books.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 04:53 PM

Thriller is a pretty broad description to me. Many stories can be thrilling in some way, but I picture 'thriller' more as a full out, edge of your seat kind of thing. For the most part, I find paranormal and thriller to be very different. Unless it is something like Blatty's Exorsist, I find true paranormal stories to be much more subtle in nature compared to a thriller. A thriller to me hurls one through loops and crazy eights of a roller coaster, while paranormal is walking alone in the woods as the night descends. These are all IMHO ideas and many many examples of the opposite being true can be found.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 05:56 PM

I think the one thing I had to figure out myself, was that the 'horror' I grew up with, was not considered horror anymore. Remember those bad 'B' movies from the '50, '60 and early '70's? That's what I thought horror was. Now, I'm not so sure anymore.


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Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:03 PM

I put my current MS being queried in to the "paranormal thriller" category because it had aspects of both. The thriller part of it is the MCs trying to stay ahead of the MA and reach the goal. It can be a "remainder" genre--if something doesn't fit anywhere else but has action and suspense, put it in thriller. I'm not saying it's right...just how it happens sometimes.

I agree with Darke: definitions change over time.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:04 PM

I agree with that! I remember my dad watching black and white flicks with bad rubber replicas of severed heads being slung around. The only thing more 'horrible' than the visuals was the soundtrack! YIKES! I think 'horror' has changed too. Back then it seemed nearly just plain overboard was 'horror.'

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:06 PM

You know, really. Stephen King said, "Genre is something that was created for libraries and bookstores to neatly categorize authors." I agree.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:08 PM

You know, really. Stephen King said, "Genre is something that was created for libraries and bookstores to neatly categorize authors." I agree.


LOL! I had forgotten that one. Perfectly said.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:18 PM

Amen MzBuzz

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:08 PM

I put my current MS being queried in to the "paranormal thriller" category because it had aspects of both. The thriller part of it is the MCs trying to stay ahead of the MA and reach the goal.


That's what I'm calling mine as well. Almost sounds like we're writing the same novel. :unsure:

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:28 PM

Thriller is a pretty broad description to me. Many stories can be thrilling in some way, but I picture 'thriller' more as a full out, edge of your seat kind of thing. For the most part, I find paranormal and thriller to be very different. Unless it is something like Blatty's Exorsist, I find true paranormal stories to be much more subtle in nature compared to a thriller. A thriller to me hurls one through loops and crazy eights of a roller coaster, while paranormal is walking alone in the woods as the night descends. These are all IMHO ideas and many many examples of the opposite being true can be found.

I'd say if you compare these two categories to an amusement park ride, Thriller would be comparable to the roller coaster and paranormal would be the Haunted House.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:33 PM

There could be a distinction, viz. a thriller depicts in an exciting manner events that could really exist; horror might do that too (Hannibal Lector anyone?), but generally paranormal treats themes that do not occur in reality. Of course, there can be nice blending of the two, such as the Pendergast books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:55 AM

There could be a distinction, viz. a thriller depicts in an exciting manner events that could really exist; horror might do that too (Hannibal Lector anyone?), but generally paranormal treats themes that do not occur in reality. Of course, there can be nice blending of the two, such as the Pendergast books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.


This clarifies pretty well for me. I am not familiar with the Pendergast books. I will look for them.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:44 PM

That's what I'm calling mine as well. Almost sounds like we're writing the same novel. :unsure:


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