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horror story

noun
1.
a story, movie, etc., that entertains or fascinates by shocking or frightening, especially by an emphasis on bloodshed or supernatural forces.
2.
Informal. a distressing experience:
the horror stories of child abuse.
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  • Poe pioneered the psychological horror story, the detective story, and the emerging genre of science fiction.
  • But to be worthy of consideration as a graduate-advising horror story, some sort of extreme behavior must be involved.
  • Everyone you know who's been there before has a horror story to tell and nothing can prevent them from sharing that tale of woe.
  • PR firms could use this example as a horror story to convince prospective clients of the importance of good public appearances.
  • The first was a horror story with comic interludes, the second a romance with recurrent nightmares.
  • Every resident has a horror story about being caught unprepared in the weather.
  • Two coeds discover a hot sorority house is hiding a sinister secret in this horror story.
  • Begin by asking how many students have read a horror story or seen a horror movie.
  • Divorce is a particularly unsettling event that often leads to the kind of horror story you mention.
  • Ask them to read as if they were recounting a horror story around a campfire.

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