The horror genre has recently been redifined in recent years, with the release of Paranormal Activity 1,2, and 3. Giving audiences scare after scare, this film series centers around one family, who is targeted by a demon who terrorizes the family. Each film so far has gone back in its timeline, showing how both sides of a family has been affected and where the haunting originated. The series is filmed as if it is a documentary, with handheld cameras and even security cameras allowing audiences a sense of realism that most horror movies fail to grasp. Forgoing horrible disfigurements or mutilations and replacing them with shadowy figures and unseen forces that pull helpless victims out of their beds, this series has given the horror genre a new level to aim for. This series has inspired me as a horror writer to be better, and has taught me that gore does not always equal scary. Sometimes, its what we don’t see that scares us the most. 

Anthony Avina, (Born March 1990), is an author, a journalist, and a blogger. Born in Southern California, he has battled through injuries, disabilities, moves back and forth across the country, and more, yet still maintains a creative voice that he hopes to use not only to entertain but to inspire hope in even the darkest situations. He writes short stories and novels in several genres, and is also a seasoned journalist for the online magazine, On Request Magazine, as well as the popular site TheGamer. Having grown up reading the books of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, they inspired him to write new and exciting stories that delved into the minds of richly developed characters. He constantly tries to write stories that have never been told before, and to paint a picture in your mind while you are reading the book, as if you could see every scene of the book as if it were a movie you were watching. His stories will get your imaginations working, and will also show that in spite of the most despairing and horrific situations, hope is never out of reach. He am always writing, and so there will never be a shortage of new stories for your reading pleasure.

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