Q&A: Horror humour
How can I mix horror and humour in a scene? Deon Ellis, Wales
Horror and humour have a proven track record of being great bedfellows. Yet at the same time we all have senses of humour that depend on individual personality and cultural influences.
Visual humour such as slapstick crosses more cultural boundaries than jokes related verbally, and has proven to be fairly resilient over time. The same general rules apply to horror. Our thresholds can be very personal. This can make combining and balancing the two a hit-and-miss affair. Go with what works for you. That’s assuming you aren’t bound by genre constraints such as your creation being destined for a specific market – children’s publishing, for example. Each genre comes with its own guidelines, and will need to be factored in. Still, try and keep it fresh. Try and keep it you!
The crypt setting and lighting introduce an element of unease, because of their association with death. Without the trappings of terror, the two characters and their postures can be more clearly seen for just how ridiculous they really are.