I've discovered a new genre of horror - well, "new" - and it's +Kenneth Hite
and +Robin Laws
First, there was my chapter on psychological horror for the Fate Horror Toolkit. My major topics: doomed protagonists, characters versus the Other, and sensual horror. Then there was me relaxing and listening to the current episode of Ken & Robin Talk About Stuff, with its segment on film noir, including Ken commenting that part of the essence of noir is that once you transgress, the weight of the world irresistibly grinds you down to dust, and that everyone transgresses. I'd heard that before, since while I've never done a bunch of intensive study all at once, I have read a moderate amount of criticism and analysis of noire along with enjoying fine noir films old and new and fiction in the same style. But it struck me that, huh, I had just written a few thousand words of advice on roleplaying being doomed just like that.
So at that point I thought about it a little more, and realized that struggle with the Other in the form of the oppressive world systems that thugs with power use against the protagonists is certainly an element in the noir mix. And so, of course, is toxic sensuality, with relationships vulnerable to flipping between desire and revulsion and both up for use as weapons.
Noir is a kind of horror. Or at least you can read it that way. I don't mean "closely related to some kind of horror", I mean "a kind of horror".
Has anyone done any essaying/theorizing/etc. about that approach? I can think of some writers who are out doing it
that way - Laird Barron comes to mind. I'm just wondering if anyone's done any writing about
it in a comprehensive way.