Alfred Hitchcock once claimed that there’s nothing more terrifying than an unopened door. Mystery is at the heart of any great horror story, and things are never as frightening once those mysteries are solved.
Detective fiction, on the other hand, is defined by its big reveal. Everything builds up to that one magic moment in which things are finally made clear. These stories thrive on answers, and are far less satisfying when stones are left unturned. [Read more...]