There’s a debate that rages in literary criticism over how many stories actually exist. Is it, as Joseph Campbell would have us believe, only one – the hero’s journey? Is it Cristopher Booker’s seven basic plots or are there as many as Ronald B Tobias claims – a whole 20? No matter how many narrative arcs actually exist it’s fairly clear that there are very few original stories out there…

A Nightmare on Elm Street

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Hallowe'en Horror Week

Just to prove I’m not completely averse to horror films I was given the choice the other night of what to watch. Would it be A Nightmare on Elm Street or Saw. Of course it was A Nightmare on Elm Street – I know a classic slasher flick when I see one. For those of us who grew up in the 80s, Freddy Krueger is the ultimate bogeyman