T.L. Bodine is the author of RIVER OF SOULS, the Wattpad-exclusive THE HOUND, and many other tales of horror. She's interested in uncanny, fantastic things, and the way real people with real problems interact with them.

When not writing, she can usually be found watching horror movies, playing story-heavy video games, or experimenting in the kitchen.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, David, and two small dogs.

Friday, July 29, 2022

If you stick around here for a while, you’ll see that I am frequently very concerned with categorizing things. I semi-jokingly refer to myself as a “literary taxonomist” because I find it interesting to trace the lineage of tropes and see where different works fall on the family tree. Because all work is in conversation with everything else.

So when I say that I’m interested in the question, “What makes a horror story, well, horror” I’m not approaching it from a gatekeeper perspective. I am genuinely curious whether there are lines that can be drawn around genres and what conclusions we can draw from works that fall on either side of a fuzzy barrier.

Which is why I think that Jurassic Park and Jurassic World make such an interesting side-by-side comparison.

read more: https://tlbodine.substack.com/p/what-is-a-horror-movie-anyway