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Humor is thought to be a coping mechanism by behaviors studies experts (ironically those who study humor tend to be very unfunny. The observation is that scientifically studying humor tends to operate like disecting a frog: It's certainly possible and frequently done, but the subject of the study (humor or the Frog) tends to be destroyed in the process. ...


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Do you actually need to describe the torture scene? Depends on the genre and your style, I guess, but I would rather do something opposite. Describe the events up to where the torture begins and cut to the next day when the victim wakes up badly scarred, or the torturer reports the findings to his supperior joking about the screams and prayers of the victim ...


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I think you need to make a distinction between horror, which runs largely on anticipation (like every other genre) and splatter porn (which relies on the perverse titillation that some people feel when regarding scenes of gore, torture, etc.). If you are writing splatter porn, you probably can't go too far, but the audience is (I hope to God) small. If ...


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