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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Katie's Stories

Katie’s Stories: Places No One Goes: Part 3

The following is a transcript of the audio logs made by Agent Darren Hollister, Charlie Class Field Agent.

 The log was recovered from site G2 in Columbia’s Northern Mountains and details the failed Mission 365H.

 Audio log was recovered from forest surrounding Site G2, along with various damaged equipment. At the time of transcribing no agents, living or deceased, have yet been recovered.

 Transcription not to be distributed to any agent under Bravo Class. Highly classified.

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Katie's Stories

Katie’s Stories: Places No One Goes: Part Two

The following is a transcript of the audio logs made by Agent Darren Hollister, Charlie Class Field Agent.

 The log was recovered from site G2 in Columbia’s Northern Mountains and details the failed Mission 365H.

 Audio log was recovered from forest surrounding Site G2, along with various damaged equipment. At the time of transcribing no agents, living or deceased, have yet been recovered.

 Transcription not to be distributed to any agent under Bravo Class. Highly classified.

Continue reading “Katie’s Stories: Places No One Goes: Part Two”
Katie's Stories

Katie’s Stories: Places No One Goes: Part One

The following is a transcript of the audio logs made by Agent Darren Hollister, Charlie Class Field Agent.

 The log was recovered from site G2 in Columbia’s Northern Mountains and details the failed Mission 365H.

 Audio log was recovered from forest surrounding Site G2, along with various damaged equipment. At the time of transcribing no agents, living or deceased, have yet been recovered.

 Transcription not to be distributed to any agent under Bravo Class. Highly classified.

Continue reading “Katie’s Stories: Places No One Goes: Part One”