Horror Tropes I Love—and Love to Hate with Author Demitria Lunetta!

Demitria Lunetta writes some scary books. Like really scary. Her upcoming novel The Fade is a ghost-story thriller about a girl who just knows the hostile presence in her house is the ghosts of four girls who went missing in her town several years ago. The spirits want something from her, and if she can’t figure out what, she might be next. Um, yeah, scary.

We asked Demitria tell us a little bit about her favorite horror tropes, especially the ones she loves to hate. Check it out!

I LOVE horror movies. The tension. The chills. The gore. I can’t get enough!

One of my first introductions to horror was through sci-fi horror films. I love a good space alien odyssey or an end-of-the-world blood fest. Alien, I Am Legend, The Walking Dead. Anything with creatures and I’m hooked.

I think I love them so much because I know I would not actually survive any creature or end-of-the-world scenario. I’d be zombie food, for sure. See, there I am . . . getting eaten. Oh, well.

1. The Ghost Story 

To me, the scariest of all horror tropes is definitely the ghost story. There are a bazillion of them, from The Shining to Paranormal Activity and back again. They stick with you for a reason. The idea that something that can harm you is lurking . . . but you can’t fight back because it’s a freaking ghost!

2. The Ethereal Presence

This often goes hand in hand with things that go bump in the night. I always get taken in by the ethereal presence, and I scream when it materializes. And, boy, can I scream.

3. Weird Crawling

Oh, and do you know what else gets me every time?! Weird crawling. It sounds so silly, but the first time I saw The Exorcist, I nearly died of fright. Or at least that’s what it felt like to my twelve-year-old self! (And still does today. I’m not going to lie.)

No. Just. No.

4. The Damsel in Distress

If there’s one trope I can’t stand, it’s the damsel in distress. It’s 2018 . . . not 1820, people! Come on!

5. Gore

Did I mention that I love gore?

So those are my favorite horror tropes . . . what are some of yours?

Demitria Lunetta is the author of a YA sci-fi duology that includes In the After and In the End. Her latest book, Bad Blood, is a paranormal YA set in Scotland. She is also an editor of and contributing author to the YA anthology Among the Shadows: 13 Stories of Darkness & Light.

Her next novel, The Fade, will be published by Delacorte Press in December 2018.

The Fade

The Fade

By Demitria Lunetta

The Others meets The Cellar in this scary ghost-story thriller from the author of Bad Blood.

We don’t want to disappear.

We want to be found.

Something terrible happened in her basement. Haley can feel it.

Four girls went missing several years ago, and the police never solved the case. But Haley knows the missing girls were murdered. How else can she explain the hostile presence in her house?

The ghostly girls need something from her. And unless Haley can figure out what they want… she might be next.


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  1. RaymondJHoffman

    I do not like cheap books about horrors. I think that this is not scary stories about simple fears. Real fears we can not realize or come up with. Everyone has their own fear. We can visualize our fear with java assignment help. I recently read an interesting site https://au.edubirdie.com/java-assignment-help about the possibility of creating your diary of psychological problems. This is a very cool resource. I advise you not to watch horror movies but live your fears. Other people’s fears are disgusting.

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  2. Brando

    I’ve made pre-order the time it was available. In Dallas clinic https://hghtherapydoctor.us my patients always waiting for some scary book to read while preparing to therapy. And I’m 100% sure they’ll adore this book!

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