I read Lovecraft and Ramsey Campbell and Algernon Blackwood now, "Weird Fiction," for those of you who aren't familiar with the literary movement. It started back in the twenties with H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith and a little magazine called Weird Tales. Since then, that is what modern horror writing has become. Then the 80's came along, and you had writers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and those guys were making tons of money writing simple fiction for mass audiences and dumbing horror down a bit. That was the same decade that you had slasher flicks like Jason and Freddy. Horror really took a beating. But it's not as bad as what happened with the Twilight series. I never read any of those novels, but I doubt they are horror. More like sappy, gothic melodramas. Think Emily Bronte rather than Bram Stoker. Don't get me wrong, I love gothic writing, but when you do it like that, the whole world of literature sighs.
Horror writing is inspired by the experience of horror. It is a strange emotion that doesn't appear very frequently, but when you feel it, it's something that you never forget, which is why it inspires so many stories. Just why people desire to feel horror when they are fortunate enough not to have it in their lives is beyond me. I think it's because it's safe. Like no one wants to die when they go on a rollercoaster, but they like the feeling that they are going to die and can experience this without having to worry about actually dying. The human mind is certainly a puzzle. I wonder if we are all insane.