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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Why the Works of Shakespeare Can Make for a Great Horror Anthology

The proof is in the news of the day for the horror genre, specifically regarding Lifetime's aim for a new pilot entitled "A Midsummer's Nightmare." Now if you're thinking that this might be based on one of Willie Shakes' actual comedies of a similar title, you're most likely correct. It is. Just repurposed and revisioned as a psychological thriller series, and I applaud that sense of creativity --

That Brings Me to the Point: Shakespeare's Ripe Content for Horror

After all, look at some of the tragedies he has! "Titus Andronicus" encompasses so much visceral imagery like the cutting off of a tongue and hands of a lady along with Hamlet's eerie soliloquy over a skull. You begin to wonder if Shakespeare was going through a majorly dark phase in his life when he wrote "King Lear" about the character's descent into madness and just how that can be played up in tremendous fashion for a modern audience.

We're talking about paranormal stuff, Wes Craven-style stuff. Even his other comedies can be reworked into a horror suspense angle that would make the bard cry and laugh at the same time in his grave. It's the true mark of a master of the written word as Shakespeare is (despite the unfortunate misquotes in history!).

Without a Doubt, a Necessity in the Horror Genre, Which We Need Today

Horror's been struggling for some truly unique and original material, which is the case for many a genre. But let's face it: we love horror. And we don't want the same butter churned over and over again.

So we look to the masters, those who've written priceless works even within other genres and aim to twist the stories with that sense of horror making our skin tingle. Bravo to Lifetime for doing that, and let's see some more of that inspiration for other works Shakespeare has done, taking the idea of the story, the structure, amping up the tragedy element, and frightening us to death.

That's an homage to the poet in all his glory, I'd say.... (In fact, I'll be writing a novel with an aim to highlight Shakespeare as well.... Think of "Shakespeare in Love" meets Stephen King, and you get the picture).

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