I have a weird relationship with horror. When I was young, I went to see the live-action Flinstones movie in theaters. That same night I saw a horror show on TV. I don’t remember what it was called, but the premise of that episode had something to do with people being turned into marionettes (with strings that physically cut into the bodies and made them bleed) It made me sob uncontrollably.
I thought I just hated horror, but I loved Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark. Later, I figured it must just be gore I’m weak against. Several years later however (late 90s early 2000s) I got a hold of the visual novel Divi-Dead, and despite that having gore worse than what I cried over, I loved it. It became my one of my favorite VNs at the time.
Despite that though, I didn’t embrace horror. I actually kept away from games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil because I
My best guess is that I actually like stories with somewhat darker themes, but I don’t like stories that needlessly try to scare by incorporating excessive gore. I also think the medium comes into play as letting you control what happens makes things like horror a bit easier to digest.
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