horror story


horror story

noun

: a story about an actual event or experience that is very unpleasant

: an experience that is very unpleasant

Full Definition of HORROR STORY

:  an account of an unsettling or unfortunate occurrence <heard horror stories about recent layoffs>; also :  something unsettling or unfortunate <his childhood was a horror story>

Examples of HORROR STORY

  1. We've all heard horror stories about airlines losing people's luggage.
  2. Her childhood was a horror story.

First Known Use of HORROR STORY

1937

horror story

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Story intended to elicit a strong feeling of fear. Such tales are of ancient origin and form a substantial part of folk literature. They may feature supernatural elements such as ghosts, witches, or vampires or address more realistic psychological fears. In Western literature, the literary cultivation of fear and curiosity for its own sake emerged in the 18th century with the gothic novel. Classic practitioners of the horror and gothic genres include Horace Walpole, Mary Shelley, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Edgar Allan Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu (1814–73), Wilkie Collins, Bram Stoker, Ambrose Bierce, and Stephen King.

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