Stephen King Why We Crave Horror Movies Summary

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In Stephen King’s essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” he philosophically tries to justify and explain the appeal of shocking stories. Doing so, he brings up “mental illness” three times, each irrelevant to his case, in terms of both reasoning and tone. King starts off his essay with the bold declaration that “[he] think[s] we are all mentally ill”, then going on to describe common quirks that a neurotypical person might imagine are listed in the DSM-IV as symptoms of nonspecific disorders. Of course, he never elaborates what the words “mentally ill” mean to him, assuming the reader accepts the prevalent stigma around mental illness as truth. Directly after this first paragraph, he jumps into the topic in his title, horror movies, implying

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