People have long been fascinated by supernatural beings. Witches, shape shifters, warlocks, ghosts and other creatures of the night have been the favorite subject for ancient folklores and myths in most cultures. It was not until the 18th century BCE that the genre of horror began to develop through fictional literature, however.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which first appeared in 1818, is considered to be one of the earliest horror novels, and is familiar to most present-day readers. Its publication was followed decades later by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which, in 1897, introduced the Prince of Darkness, and his tireless pursuer, Dr. Van Helsing. Since then, there has been no turning back and the horror genre has flourished.
Once television embraced the dark side, horror became even more popular: people could be scared witless in the comfort of their own home, on a weekly basis. The general public now has such a range of programs that they are spoiled for choice; and the possibilities for supernatural viewing are almost overwhelming. To help you sort through the options, here is a list of 10 of the most popular horror shows on TV. But be warned: you might want to leave a light on when you watch.
1) The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is based on the highly popular comic book of the same name. The world has been taken over by infectious, mindless zombies, and factions of human survivors. It is initially unclear what caused the world-wide infestation, but the viewer is left with the general idea that it’s due to some sort of virus or bacteria. Zombies are driven by the single desire to infect other living things, especially humans. The characters are thrust into a world of the walking dead, referred to as ‘walker’ or ‘biters’. Sadly, adversity doesn’t bring out the best in the uninfected, either; and the survivors are forced to contend with the beastliness of humans, as well. The Walking Dead plays on the contemporary fears of contagious diseases and apocalyptic scenarios. Perhaps this is partly why the show is so successful.
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