History of Horror Fiction

The horror story no doubt began before history, with sinister tales of dragons and malevolent gods around the prehistoric camp fire. But horror as noted by history is much more recent. True, Sophocles and others offered stark, horrific visions in ancient Greece, and Beowulf from 10th century Europe has echoes of the horrific, but we had to wait for Shakespeare and his contemporaries to be specifically horrific for the sake of the story.
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History of Detective Fiction

The detective story began with the creation of Poe’s Dupin in a trilogy of stories in the 1840s. Revolving around the solving of a puzzling crime, such fiction soon found favour with the reader. Dupin was a lonely, rational figure, a theme soon to be taken up by Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes, from 1887.
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WELCOME TO MY MIND

Welcome. I’m a thinker & storyteller. This site is a minimalist, easy read. You’ll find factual stuff on most subjects from politics to the paranormal + writing tips & fiction from crime to horror. Scroll down to begin the journey into my blog; or click my main pages to enter a website with more depth than the Tardis:

Thinker’s Corner Scribblers ‘r’ I PsychoMan

You’ll meet my writers from Polly Ticks to Philip Osophy, offering Pop Lit (bringing brevity to literature, making it for all) and P-ology – a microcosm of reality; of what is, and things that aren’t but should be – knowledge that speaks rather than baffles.

Rattler’s Tale   Eye On the World

When my world of Pop Lit & P-ology exists I’ll be happy. Help me make them exist; except my writers – then I’ll be insane. And this website is also about my books – oodles of them. Why not start with this:

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Meet the Team

Specialization needs a more holistic
bedfellow – AND humour. We look for patterns
in everything. We do P-ology. We’re the
Patternological Society.

THE COLUMNISTS
We tell it how it is with our Eye On the World
comments on current affairs.

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Polly TicksI do politics. I’m lazy so need a big alarm clock. I sleep with him nightly. I call him Big Ben.
Guru TonyI do society/spirituality. I keep gathering a group together but they always do mass suicide.
Dr Illya NessI do medical. I know I shouldn’t pass on infections but make me viral!
Major de RangerI do war! I tell it how it is. Some say I blow things up out of all proportion.
Pappa RazziI do media. What? Don’t! … take!! … my!!! … picture!!!!!!!
Prof Isaac GalisteinI do science. I love golf, but my ball always goes off in probabilistic ways.
Philip OsophyI do philosophy. I work things out – not like the idiots, above! They ignore me. I stink, therefore I’m out.

THE POETS & STORYTELLERS
We do poetry & fiction for all the Blogs and
Mini Mag posts – Make it popular
– Call it Pop Lit

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Blogger BardI’m the literary muse; Is being real my destiny? I’m so confused; Oh, to be or …
Techie Without A ClueI do techie lit. Don’t know what I’m doing, who I am – just a confused teenager.
Harry FangI do horror. Some say I’m a vampire. Read me or … I byte!!! And don’t say I’m unRead.
Ulrika FeynI do Sci Fi. I’m fey in more ways than one. Now let’s go boldly, and not split infinity.
DI Cass NovaI do crime. From cops to killers to thieves. Now, follow me. Take my hand. Then give it back.
Miss SpellingYou don’t sea me oftin, but I du the editin.

We’re thirteen. We’ll bewitch you.