psychological horror

subgenre of horror fiction, film, and video games

Psychological horror is a subgenre of horror and psychological fiction with a particular focus on mental, emotional, and psychological states to frighten, disturb, or unsettle its audience. The subgenre frequently overlaps with the related subgenre of psychological thriller, and it often uses mystery elements and characters with unstable, unreliable, or disturbed psychological states to enhance the suspense, drama, action, and paranoia of the setting and plot and to provide an overall unpleasant, unsettling, or distressing atmosphere.
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genre: psychological horror


The Shining

novel by Stephen King

author: Stephen King


Duma Key

novel by Stephen King

author: Stephen King


American Gothic

novel by Robert Bloch

author: Robert Bloch


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