I've noticed a big shift away from traditional horror recently, in books, shorts and in subs to E2M.
What's happened to the werewolves, devils, demons, ghosts, vamps and other nasties?
Some claim that the above has been done to death. Do you think so? Can anything really be "done to death"?
I do not think so. Sure there are thousands of traditional horror in the written field these days as there were 20, 50, 100 years ago. But, the way I see it is that every book is written by 'a person' whose experiences and culture is different to others. People have not lived my life and have not had the exact same experiences as me and sure as hell do not see everything the same way I do.
There's always something that can be added, changed, twisted.
Vampires: Man gets bit, becomes vampire, bites others. Hmmm. That's an idea of an outline. It is not a story. The story is what happens before and after the mentioned incident. If it was not, Ann Rice would be working in McDonalds.
Zombies: Done to Death? Resident Evil (Biohazard), 28 days later and others.
Werewolves: Night of the Werewolf, Blood of the Wolf, American werewolf in London, American werewolf in Paris.
If the writer can think 'outside of the box', a new reason for the story involving one or the other can be found in the real life around us, and even better, our dark imagination of what if …
Zombie story: A Middle-East country drops a chemical bomb on the US, England or little ole New Zealand. Creates a world of Zombies, especially when retaliation occurs. Now we just need a few subplots and sometimes a way to clean the world. Just do not use a government experiment to create the zombies.
Werewolves: A camper is digging a toilet in the forest. While digging, something scratches him, he checks it out and sees a pointed tooth, digging further he finds the skull, a medallion and a silver bullet lying in the ribcage. Now it's up to the writer to add new elements from his / her imagination of "what if …?"
Is not nothing dead in my opinion.
Spielberg found a cool way to make a dinosaur movie.