Exploring Genre: Horror

Author: Barbara Stanners, Publisher: Phoenix

Each title in this series of teacher resource books, intended for use with students in middle and senior secondary years, starts with a detailed definition of the genre, followed by an examination of a wide range of texts with:

  • background information
  • information about text and context
  • ideas on genre conventions, representation of themes, characters, style
  • suggestions and strategies for dealing with the texts
  • a wide range of student activities to suit different year levels, with emphasis on what is being said and how it is being said, with questions
  • response tasks

Exploring Genre: Horror is an invaluable resource with in depth analysis and student exercises to help students analyse, question, interpret and articulate their understanding of the text.



  • Defining Horror
  • Defining Genre
  • Gothic Horror
  • Typical Gothic Conventions and Motifs

Monsters, Vampires and Aliens

  • Beowulf-epic poem
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • Dracula - Bram Stoker
  • Salem’s Lot ( extract) - Stephen King
  • The War of the Worlds (Radio Play)
  • Howard Koch
  • The War of the Worlds (novel extracts)
  • H.G.Wells

Supernatural, Surreal and Macabre

  • Porphyria’s lover - Browning
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Coleridge
  • Strange Fits of Passion –Wordsworth
  • The Red Room - H.G.Wells
  • The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart & The Raven - Poe
  • Chronic Ward - Skrzynecki
  • Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • They call me the Wild Rose - Minogue Cabe

Film Horror

  • Film Genre
  • Nosferatu – Murnau
  • The Mummy
  • Pyscho & The Birds – Hitchcock
  • Appropriations- Dracula & Buffy
  • Film Glossary
  • Writing Horror
More Information
Year Level Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Date of Publication 2007
ISBN 9781921085420
Subject English