Don't mind me. I'm recovering from an all-day migraine, so my mood is a little... weird.
Ah... big fan then. Saving the best for last, and all that.There are just so many interesting things to talk about before fantasy that it's not even funny! Lepers, giraffes, how paint is made, how to make crepes, the first telescope, how the early Church fathers tried to repress science, electromagnetism...
I have a love hate for humanized monsters. Sometimes it helps me understand them better. Sometimes I don't want to understand them. I just want them to be...monsters.
Question for the panel: Can horror be insterted in to a story or does the story have to be horror from the outset?
(As for the wet comment on Underworld, I agree. The lead guy's hair was always soaked it seemed. To be a vampire or werewolf in their world must mean you sweat a lot.)
Sure, you can add horror and/or elements of Horror to any story or genre.
Just like most horror books/movies/comics have elements of other genres added into them (fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, etc.)
"Living Robert Venditti's Plan B!"
I'd be wary of criticising sultry posh vampires... I mean, it's all good bringing that type of monster down to earth, but the whole point of them, in my mind, is as a metaphor for bloodsucking aristocracy. Hence the men are effeminate and they all wear nice clothes. Well, that's the genre convention. It's been messed with and "brought down to earth" countless times, but there's a reason why it's there in the first place. If you go with traditionally accepted vampire lore them one has to be "sired", which deepens the vampire snobbery. Hmm. Living in the hills, coming down at night to feed off the peasantry? That sound like anybody's landlord perchance?
So, to answer the question, yes, you can 'insert' horror into a story, or even mix genre's. However, I suggest having it be organic to the story. If it's something that just gets tacked on, readers will notice, and you'll throw them right out of the story. However, if it is organic AND they don't see it coming AND it fits...congratulations on good storytelling. Just make sure you have a way out of it. (We'll talk about writing yourself into a corner sometime in the future.)
Hmm... What about a sexy wolf and a cursed whiny vampire? Woo, that's a twist! To the writing board!I promise you, no sexy vampires or cursed whiny wolves.
And I do agree with Steven. A movie has sound and music. A good movie can show a girl scared for her life wandering around just KNOWing a killer is in the house with her. In a comic? Try putting one character "on screen" in five consecutive panels scared for her life. That'll get boring before it gets scary. Throw in some eerie music on a big screen, some conveniently placed shadows and have freakin' Carrot Top or Pauly Shore looking for the killer, and boom. You've got the audience watching, not bored. Maybe they're just watching to see Pauly get killed, but alas: They are watching.
In comics I think you gotta kinda take a different route. Horror movies are horror. Horror comics, when trying the same kinds of things as the movies, are often bored, or just not as scary. Instead of being able to use music / sound, you gotta go a different route and find something else to use to your advantage when it comes to the medium / story telling. What is that? If I knew I probably wouldn't be here typing it; I'd probably be writing something. :/