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We seem to have a number of questions under the tag relating to works that contain no discernible science fiction or fantasy content.

Obviously horror stories with supernatural or sci-fi elements are very firmly on-topic, but what about horror stories that don't have these?

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    I don't think so. Horror is less a genre and more an extra layer on top of the genre. The bigger problem is determining if a story-id is on topic without knowing the answer. – AncientSwordRage May 21 '16 at 10:42
  • @AncientSwordRage - Indeed. And the general principle would surely be that if it's revealed to be pure horror, then it should be closed. The issue seems to be that a) We're not doing that and b) There are several open questions where the OP openly admits that there's no scifi/fantasy content. – Valorum May 21 '16 at 12:47
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    I'm struggling to think of any horror that I wouldn't also consider SFF ... – Rand al'Thor May 21 '16 at 15:29
  • @Randal'Thor Taylor Swift is stalking me – Molag Bal May 21 '16 at 15:45
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    @anaranjada I'm too afraid to click on that link ... – Rand al'Thor May 21 '16 at 15:47
  • @RandalThor you might be defining horror as having SFF in it, in which case the examples advice are not horror and still not on-topic. – AncientSwordRage May 21 '16 at 17:32
  • @Randal'Thor Possibly useful example: Slenderman. Since no explanation is ever given for his existence, we can't know if he's an alien or a genetic experiment or some other sci-fi-y entity, but the most famous ARGs revolving around the character are clearly trying to be some kind of "horror". – Ixrec May 21 '16 at 17:36
  • @Ixrec Granted, there are not necessarily any sci-fi elements in the Slenderman mythos, but how could it not qualify as fantasy? – recognizer May 22 '16 at 5:27
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    I'd say essentially any supernatural horror falls somewhere under the umbrella of fantasy. Pure serial killer stories, or "torture porn" etc, certainly don't qualify, but even the likes of Friday the 13th or The Hills Have Eyes contain fantasy elements. – recognizer May 22 '16 at 5:28
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I think we should operate a simple rule;

  • If a question is about a horror work that contains some element of science fiction or fantasy (anything supernatural) then it's on-topic and fine to stay.

  • If a question is about a horror work that has no discernible elements of science fiction or fantasy (e.g. is simply about people being killed or harmed or scared in an elaborate fashion) then it's off-topic and should be closed.

The corrolary of this is

  • Where questions turn out to be about an off-topic work, they should be retained.
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  • What about the first link in your question? It involves someone who thinks that there is some demonic activity (the twins are demons, or something), but it turns out not to be true. Does that count as a supernatural element? – Molag Bal May 22 '16 at 6:38
  • @anaranjada - IMHO it's off-topic. The OP is well aware that there's no SFF content. – Valorum May 22 '16 at 6:40
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    "Where story-identification questions turn out to be about an off-topic work, they should be retained" ...retained? I'm confused. Don't you mean to say they should be closed if they're shown to be off-topic? – Jolenealaska May 23 '16 at 10:30
  • @jolenealaska - We don't generally close seemingly on-topic (ID) questions if they turn out to be off-topic. – Valorum May 23 '16 at 12:56

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