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A solid lecture, explaining contempary horror writing; talking about it, I don’t like King’s style of storytelling. Not at all. Not just because he stole the idea from the freaking Simpsons movie to rewrite it as Under the Dome, but because he is the posterboy for the artlessness that accompanies modern horror fiction. Sure enough, he wrote The Shining, which might be the one of the admittedly best horror novels of the 20th century, but virtually everything else I have read of him is outright bad.

In general, it might just be me, but 19th century horror fiction had some art, some refinement in it that modern English horror fiction quite simply seems to lack. I say English fiction, because the masters of modern horror tales, however silly, seem to live in Japan now: Ju-on, a movie like a kick to the groin.