Horror Writing

Horror Writing: Found Footage in Books

I finished reading a book last Friday.

This is sadly a grief that I know all too well, I devour my books pretty quickly.

My coping mechanism for dealing with finishing a book is to start another one. So, on Saturday, I went to the bookshop and bought myself another book (completely ignoring the pile of unread books on my bookcase).

This new book has a gimmick I quite enjoy and one I don’t see that often.

That being that the story isn’t told via a flowing narrative, instead, the story is told through a combination of journal entries, WhatsApp screen grabs, newspaper articles and interview transcripts. It’s the book version of found footage.

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Horror Writing

Writing Horror: Found Footage

Today I want to talk about one of the many subgenres of horror.

Found Footage.

This particular subgenre is a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Rarely have I come across a subgenre that invokes such polarising viewpoints.  I find it very interesting that something so straightforward as a filming technique has become such a staple in the genre. So thought it might be worth an explore.

What is Found Footage?

Generally, this is a film subgenre, although it is extremely popular in the horror genre, more so than other genres. It’s a style of presenting a story, whereby all or part of the story is told through supposedly ‘real’ footage that has been found by a third party and prepared for mass consumption, usually as a way to ‘expose the truth’.

Usually found footage is seen in films, the camera being held by one of the characters experiencing the story. It can be a group on holiday, a news team, surveillance footage or a go pro situation. As a result, the camera work is usually a bit on the shaky side.

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Classic Horror, Famous Horror Writers

Horror Writers: Bram Stoker

One of the best ways to appreciate the Horror genre is to experience it in the form that was created by one of those whom many credit as a master of the genre. This can be in any medium really, films, books, comics, video games, any medium at all. However, I want to focus on book form for this little blog series, probably because it’s where I dabble myself, funny that.

Masters have been around since the genre first came to be, there are those from the past who made the genre what it is today and there are those today taking us down new winding roads to dark and creepy places.

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