Certainly -related works are on topic, for example .

I presume The Walking Dead is on-topic because the zombies are fantastical. Or if they weren't fantastical, the result of the zombie virus would be considered sci-fi. Fine.

So do we need to apply one of those criteria to all horror works for them to be on-topic?

For example, is a horror film with a realistic serial killer off-topic? Or just a deranged individual? (Like perhaps Saw? -- I haven't actually seen it, so I may be wrong here)

Or is horror automatically on-topic regardless of plot or elements?

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    I'm fairly sure we decided that there needed to be some level of fantastical content. A story about someone who murders other people is not on topic, regardless of their inventiveness.
    – Valorum
    Sep 17, 2015 at 15:04
  • @Keen: I saw that question/answer. but I don't think it really was really unambiguously decided nor was there any consensus. Sep 17, 2015 at 15:14
  • I believe this question is contained by the dupe. For the record, I believe the horror story must be fantastical (or science-fictional) in order to be considered here. The realistic serial killer story is definitely off-topic here. If it wasn't, then there would be no basis to declare anything off-topic here ("I saw a documentary about spiders, and spiders scare me! Can I ask about it here?")
    – Andres F.
    Sep 19, 2015 at 23:07


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