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I believe the criteria for a good horror story is very diverse A high quality horror story is realistic and makes the reader believe that what is happening in the story could happen to them Frankenstein by Mary Shelley explains how Victor Frankenstein a student at Ingolstadt 28 grasps the idea of being capable of bestowing life upon an inanimate object 37 This novel is not an impractical vampire or alien story It is a reasonable happening Using the intelligence Frankenstein had acquired from books his father and M Waldman it is very possible that he could have created a human being from dead matter I also believe a good horror story includes some type of murder or desolation which needs to be presented in a comprehensive manner If a book describes these terrible scenes with great detail the reader will be much more frightened When a novel can form pictures in its readers mind I consider it a successful story If a story is describing a murder and the reader can visualize this scene in hisher mind it would be very chilling Saying that someone was murdered is not enough detail This makes for an ineffective book Another example might be if a book were to explain how the murderer slowly revealed the pistol from his pocket while his victim waited completely unaware of her depressing fate He would then stick the weapon to her back and pull the trigger an immediate pool of blood forming on the floor This would make for a much more interesting and attention-grabbing tale These were a few of my ideas that I would add to the list of criteria for a good horror story Along with my own thoughts I also agree with the criteria listed on the Culminating Activity sheet Draws on our disgust is a very important element of an effective horror story A novel describing the monster as a fluffy bunny rabbit would
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