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Horror is an ancient genre it roots lodged in ancient myth and folklore Since then the genre has evolved even sometimes doing without elements of the supernatural on which the original horror stories where founded Despite the emergence of natural horror horror which incorporates elements of the supernatural still remains superior While horror can be successful using only natural circumstances horror that utilizes elements of the supernatural evokes a more effective response from the reader A Rose for Emily is a good example of horror which contains no supernatural elements While pieces of the story contain the unusual or violate societal taboos the story conforms very much to the way in which we think the world operates The reader could easily imagine that this story might really have occurred at some time While the realism of the story makes it more plausible to the reader it also lessens its effectiveness The idea of a woman lying down next to a dead body for decades is revolting but not very horrific No sense of dread is imposed upon the reader and the only visceral response is one of disgust While the piece in effective at entertaining the reader it lacks the ability to truly inspire horror Dahls A Man from the South also lacks the ability to impress a sense of terror and dread on the reader Like A Rose for Emily the story is entertaining but the reader is not really terrified by any of the events that happen in it There is a slight sense in revulsion at the idea of collecting human fingers but there is no overall sense of doom in the story The Call of Cthulu however is of a completely different nature In it HP Lovecraft weaves a tale full of dread and unfathomable terror The mystery of what exactly Cthulu is what portents the strange dreams hold the mysterious statues created in deep antiquity all come together
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