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ROMANCE OF THE DEAD:HORROR LOVE

Today is of course Valentines Day, so let us think briefly of some stranger, darker macabre relationships of horror fiction and film…

From the begining there have been some tragically beautiful examples in classic such as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTREDAME, DRACULA. The many film adaptations of all of these over the decades have focused at different times on the conflicted forms of love and lust between the anti-heroes and the ones they loved whiled usually doomed from the very start.

There was the classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, filmed by COCTEAU in 1946 and then the television series in the late eighties. Romantic, dramatic misundertood.

We could argue that in films like A NIGHTMARE ON ELMSTREET and HELLRAISER their is a bizarre form of love and lust between Nancy and FREDDY, and KIRSTY and PINHEAD in their own ways. Their was also then the fine SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and HANNIBAL books and film adaptations where Clarice Starling and HANNIBAL LECTER depended and upon each other with possibly a tragic kind of trust, loyalty, and twisted love throughout.

More recently of course there is the hugely dramatic youthful love between BELLA and EDWARD in the massively popular TWILIGHT book and movie series. The crushingly beautiful romance in this series ecpilses almost any element of terror or horror between the vampire and werewolf battles.

So today rember some love monsters, some monsters need love, and have a happy Valentine’s Day…

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About JAMES E PARSONS

Author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century-also horror, literary fiction, many short stories and screenplays. Always reading, writing, watching films, playing guitar/bass, and am a husband with a coffee addiction. New horror novel due for 2017. This is my blog, offshoot from my website. It will be where I post current thoughts, opinions, views, reviews, or discussions about contemporary film, movies, books, video games, television series mostly in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and their sub-genre offshoots. The entertainment not in the mainstream (for the most part) and proud of it. Also follow me on twitter- @ParsonsFiction, and facebook - James E Parsons

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