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Psychological Thriller

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A subgenre of Thriller, Psychological Thrillers also focus on giving thrills to the audience. However, they focus on the characters and their psyches rather than the plot and action.

It will often heavily overlap with the mystery genre, and occasionally with horror — the term Psychological Thriller is sometimes used to identify a work as "horror lite", or "horror except it's too good for that genre" (the latter is especially prevalent when baiting for awards). See also Psychological Horror.


Philosophical and ethical issues are often explored in Psychological Thrillers. Common narrative devices used to facilitate the exploration of the characters' psyches are Back Story, Character Narrator, and Battle of Wits.


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