Carroll (2003) and King (2010) discuss how the “monster” is really a defining feature of a horror story. Using references, explain in your own words how a monster in horror differentiates from monsters in other popular genres.
Every story has a monster in it, but what makes a horror story different from other stories on the bases of a monster, is what the next paragraphs would attempt to explain.
Characters in horror stories behave differently when they encounter a monster, unlike their counterparts in other stories where there is also monsters Carroll (2003).
Characters regard monsters they come across in horror stories as creatures which consists of abnormal features. On the other hand, I mean in other stories, characters label the monsters they encounter as part of their daily life. In other words, they do not regard them as abnormal.
A character is troubled consistently in “The Three Princesses of Whiteland,” by a three-headed troll; however, the writing does not signal that he finds this particular creature any more unusual than the lions he had passed earlier. A creature like Chewbacca in the space opera Star Wars is just one of the guys, though a creature gotten up in the same wolf outfit, in a film like The Howling, would be regarded with utter revulsion by the human characters in that fiction.
A classic example could be seen in a movie called The mummy reborn. In this movie, around in the middle, we see a creature which appears to have maggots falling from its face and killing humans. After killing two of seven characters, it proceeded to load its evil powers in them and then they started obeying it.
When other characters notice the evil characters and the creature attacking them, they start feeling away. This continues for the reaming part of the story. And there is no where we see the normal characters not running away from them. If later they could not run away, then we would say that the monster and evil characters have become part of their daily life or they no longer see them as dangerous. This would qualify the movie not a horror story or movie because the characters see the monster as something they cannot few away or dangerous.
It looks like to king, although monsters in horror stories are different from those in other stories, both monsters have something similar. According to King (2010), they both need to possess an element of allegorical in them or at least built in them.
“Assume that it is talking to us, like a patient on a psychoanalyst’s couch, about one thing while it means another” (King (2010, page 3)
For example, a novel called Frankenstein, we learn that a man created a creature and it began killing his families. This talks to us that, or it sends a message to us other human beings. We learn the consequence of engaging in creating artificial being. If we produce or create artificial beings, there are consequences to pay.
Allen, D. (2019) The mummy reborn
Stephen King Danse Macabre reading
Carroll (2003) The philosophy of horror or paradoxes of the hear: The nature of horror