Confronting your worst nightmare

Horror fiction is based on the principle of confrontation with your worst nightmare and common phobias are used to great effect in both ghost and horror stories.

The prospect of spending the night in a haunted house, for example, mercilessly exploits our natural fears of the dark and isolation. Among the spooky sensations and incidents guaranteed to scare us silly are:

♦ being cut-off from the outside world

♦ lack of warmth and light

♦ no visible escape route

♦ having supporting characters mysteriously disappearing one by one.

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