Personal Essay

Final Girl: A Life in Horror

The Making of a Horror Writer

Christina Sng
Oct 23 · 8 min read
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Photo by MGM/United Artists via We Minored in Film

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a child of horror.

During the scary parts, he always laughed, which diluted the fear factor for me, and soon, I began to laugh too. I mean, who wanted to look like a scaredy-cat next to their big brother? Pretty soon, I was no longer scared.

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Linda Blair as Marti, the Final Girl, in the 1981 movie Hell Night. Photos by La Dama Rossa

Of course, life in horror movies was far worse than mine. That gave me a measure of comfort and solace. No matter how bad things got, it never got to the point where I’d be hunted by a killer at home or had my dreams invaded by monsters. (Not yet, anyway. I mean, I’m writing this in 2020 and this year’s motto seems to be Anything is Possible.)

Writing was cathartic for me in a world where no one understood me.

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Misty — Cover dated 30th September 1978. Art by Shirley Bellwood. Source: downthetubes.net
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Photo by Christina Sng

The characters winning is us winning by association. We share solidarity with people we empathize with. That’s why we watch and read. They are us and we are them.

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The final scene in Midsommar. Photo by Screenrant
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Christina Sng

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Poet, artist, essayist, animal activist, mama | Author of Bram Stoker Award winner A Collection of Nightmares | christinasng.com

Interstellar Flight Magazine

Interstellar Flight Press is a new speculative publishing house. We publish essays on science fiction and fantasy, pop culture, and geek fandom.

Christina Sng

Written by

Poet, artist, essayist, animal activist, mama | Author of Bram Stoker Award winner A Collection of Nightmares | christinasng.com

Interstellar Flight Magazine

Interstellar Flight Press is a new speculative publishing house. We publish essays on science fiction and fantasy, pop culture, and geek fandom.

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