Psychological thriller or psychological horror?
Once again it's been difficult deciding on how and what I'll be tackling for the next graphic novel project. In fact I haven't done one in a long while - since the release of GRAND HUNTER back in 2010, and ten years further back it would have been the SA2 Fan-Comic and Tails Away projects.
I'm currently doing research on the sub-genres mentioned on the title of this journal and trying to understand the core meaning behind it - I think that would be a good start to the journey of my new graphic novel.
Why these particular sub-genres? Well I've always had an interest in them.
I've experienced the excitement and intrigue from playing games like Alan Wake, The Indigo Prophecy, & Silent Hill series (The Evil Within just recently), and watching movies like Shutter Island, Paranormal Activity & The Blair Witch Project.
I really dig the plot twists, the protagonists overcoming all odds (mentally and physically) in places of strange and disturbing reality, the mysteries to be solved, the supernatural forces, and the stakes involved in a PT/PH story that will push the character till breaking point. Oh and let's not forget the anatogonist/evil force that is stalking/outsmarting the protagonist - every step of the way until the very end.
So I think the best thing to do is to invest my time into something that I have a strong interest in the subject. I know that sounds easy on paper but to actually do it is no simple feat. I'll give you an example - originally I wanted to work on Ashworth and was very keen on working on a fantasy/action/adventure themed story but I was only bluffing myself because I really lacked solid complete ideas and content for it. I will have to rely on all of my past experiences reading graphic novels, watching films, and playing video games for inspiration and knowledge but I personally don't have that strong of an interest right now.
I'm saving Ashworth for next time and opting for a new character, named Hunter.
Okay so we have a character named Hunter, and Elson wants to come up with a solid story that emphasizes the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states. Will it contain the supernatural elements where the protagonist has discovered her uncanny ability to communicate with ghosts but is being hunted down by a religious cult who believes that she must be burnt to the stake just because she is accused a witch? Will it be revolved around a true reality where an every-man is accused of murdering his own family, is mentally disturbed from a case of schizophrenia, but he denies any involvement, declares he is innocent and is on the run from the police while trying to uncover the true killer? Who knows.
One thing's for sure, my setting is in North America, and in a small town called Pleasure Pines.
And I've doodled around some more of my protagonist and other characters with various expressions. Hunter will be a German Shepard, cuz, I see police use these dogs all the time - they're excellent dogs, known for their strength, intelligence, and obedience. Does that mean he's a cop? Nope, not at all. I just want my readers be able to define him instantly because for a fact he is second-most popular breed of dog in the United States (lol)!
Anyways it's been a good start so far, I've purchased myself some non-fiction material for inspiration and content - Murder Cases/Master Detective magazines.
Read a couple of cases and I'm really hooked to the stories (which are real life), the psyche behind the perpetrators, the victims involved and the investigation process - usually ends up with a conclusion and closure for all parties involved, but in predominant cases a mystery still unsolved.
While I'm at it I'm going to make an effort watching the following movies to build up on content and creative inspiration:List of Psychological Thriller Movies to watch
If you guys and gals can help touch base on this sub-genre I've discussed I'd appreciate it! Feedback on what movies you've seen, books you've read, games you've played - feel free to share and recommend!