A good “scary” movie should not be unrelentingly dark, but should vary in mood and tone. Hitchcock was great at this – laughs and screams and romance. But he didn’t get into the supernatural stuff. He knew there was no greater evil than that which resides in the human heart.
Somewhere in my virtual travels I came across feedback another author had gotten on her as yet unpublished vampire novel. The story involved a not so youthful, zoftig vampire who was also a mom. The reader loved the idea of a vampire with whom she could identify.
I get it. Some readers like characters who are “like” them. They love, especially in escapist