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Horror movies and stories are so popular among matures. Many of them are not allowed and appropriate for children. My questions are about the possibility of writing a horror story for children.

Question 1: What kind of benefits does a horror story/movie have for mature audience? Do horror stories have any benefit for children too?

Question 2: What are the parameters which make a horror story interesting for matures? Are these aspects of such stories interesting for children too? Which one of these interesting parameters for children can be psychologically harmful for them?

Question 3: What are examples of good horror stories for children?

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closed as too broad by Standback Jan 1 '14 at 12:13

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Might be a good idea to split this up into multiple questions, so that someone with a good answer for point 1 doesn't feel like they also have to come up with something for point 3. –  BESW Jan 1 '14 at 11:21
I am sorry; the question as-written is very problematic. You're combining multiple questions in one; requesting examples is a "list question" which we avoid; and overall this seems like a question in pedagogy rather than in writing. Closing for now. Will consider what might make a workable version of this question. –  Standback Jan 1 '14 at 12:13
Consider: Can your question be phrased as "I am trying to do [X], but I cannot, because [Y]"? –  Standback Jan 1 '14 at 12:38
@Standback: I will try to ask more appropriate questions in future. Thanks for your advice. –  Saint Georg Jan 2 '14 at 8:13

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The only "horror", or rather horror invoking, stories I know that are regularly told to children are fairy tales. But we all know that they were originally intended for an adult audience. Childrens tales today, if they deal with subjects that are elements of adult horror stories, such as ghosts, vampires etc., are usually told in a light and humorous tone (e.g. The Little Ghost by Otfried Preussler or Monsters, Inc., by Disney). There are eerie and suspenseful scenes in some movies, tv shows and books, but those last under a minute and are quickly resolved. Kids don't enjoy being afraid.

I'd even go so far as to claim that you can cause unnatural and persistend fear (e.g. of the dark) in children, if you keep telling them stories about fearful events. Children are unable to tell fact from fiction, fantasy from reality, and if you keep showing them a world to be afraid of, they will learn to be afraid of the world. I kept all dark and sinister tales from my son, and at 6 years old he is completely unafraid of the dark and dark places. Because he doesn't know of any dangerous things he might expect there, only interesting stuff like glow worms and other night animals. I'd rather teach kids to wonder at the stars, than to be afraid of the walking dead.

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I'm pretty sure that fairy tales were always intended for children, it's just that people in the past were a lot less squeamish about teaching life lessons... –  evilsoup Jan 1 '14 at 11:58
Thank you very much for your useful answer. –  Saint Georg Jan 2 '14 at 9:31

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