Survival horror is a concept common among the video game and even film worlds. The term “survival horror” was first used to describe the 1996 Japanese release of Resident Evil and has since included games such as Silent Hill and Doom. However, this sub genre origins derive from horror fiction.
The purpose of this concept is to place a character(s) with limited survival skills in a situation where surviving is essential. Instead of straight violence, the emphasis is placed on problem solving and evasion. They are constantly checking and re-checking their supplies, ammunition and resources and utilizing their environment. Another common theme is isolation and usually involves the investigation and confrontation of horrific forces.
It is believed this type of sub genre has been traced back to works of H.P. Lovecraft. Archetypes have been linked to the books of H. P. Lovecraft, which include investigative narratives, or journeys through the depths. Stephen King’s The Stand is also been considered horror survival by many. Then there’s the end of the world survival novels such as Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend.
Some think survival horror is becoming lost concept among video games. While films hold on to it strong especially with the Saw series still in full swing. Do you think survival horror maintains a strong force among fiction? What are your favorite survival novels? Have you ever written a story/novel that falls in this category?