horror story

noun

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 in a Sentence

We've all heard horror stories about airlines losing people's luggage. Her childhood was a horror story.
Recent Examples on the Web Up on the room’s mezzanine, blocky, cowled forms suggesting monks lashed together with rubber cord lurk silently, as if in an obscure horror story. Christopher Knightart Critic, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 The film does not have a title or official logline yet, but it will be based on a true horror story. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 The ominous sky on the label is the backdrop for a harvest horror story for winemaker Joel Peterson. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 The result is a gripping period piece turned horror story, fabulously acted and frighteningly told. Eva Holland, Outside Online, 30 Mar. 2022 But what awaits Noa there is a bigger horror story than her string of terrible dates. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2022 For every fairy tale ending, there’s a horror story. Jane Thier, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2022 Viewers couldn’t get enough of this psychological horror story that follows a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Kristen Stewart stars as a fragile Princess Diana in this psychological horror story from Jackie director Pablo Larraín. Emma Dibdin, ELLE, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of horror story

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of horror story was in 1937

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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Horror story.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horror%20story. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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