The definition of horror is not as clean cut as some other genres. In its simplest definition, horror is a genre that delivers the emotion of fear to a reader. So… what scares you? The answer to this question is different for everyone!
For the purpose of this genre guide for teens, I am working with the loose definition of horror in which the author set out to scare the teen reader. This could occur through a monster, excessive gore, or the unknown. Unlike other genres written for teens, horror allows authors to push the boundaries of content–violent deaths, disturbing creatures, gruesome gore, and even the evils of reality are all acceptable scare tactics in horror novels written for teens. These horror novels can be set in any time period–past, present, or future. They often involve a single teen protagonist or groups including teens overcoming great odds to survive the unsurvivable.
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