July 26, 2017

Why So Many Mystery and Horror Plots Grow Up--and Out--of Small Towns

Emily Farrelly offers five reasons that small towns are such wonderful settings for mystery and horror: 1) the illusion of closeness (everyone knows everyone else--yikes) 2) slow investigative response (the cops, who know everyone, also know nothing about solving crimes) 3) isolation (everyone knows everyone else's secrets--more yikes) 4) the stakes are much higher (everyone knows you really well--okay, the yikes are really piling up now) and 5) the town is a character of its own (it dominates the people who live in it--okay, the yikes are out of sight).

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