It's a bit of a shame this episode is airing after "Remedial Chaos Theory", which shares its format (in the sense it's another episode telling smaller stories within), but this was apparently due to an unplanned alteration of the running order. Regardless, "Horror Fiction" was a satisfying and mostly enjoyable example of Community's fun-loving spirit, kept alive by the fact the stories got progressively more outrageous. I also found plenty to laugh at with the show's childishness (such as Pierce having his backside stitched to his chest), and the way every story filtered through each narrator's quirks was a good way to explore the group dynamic.. uh, again. (I think this is something Community tends to overdo, not helped by the aforementioned fact "Chaos Theory" had a similar idea at play.)
While I don't think this is an episode I'll remember for long, it was everything it intended to be. I wish it had been a touch more insightful about the horror genre, because I was expecting something cleverer than what we were given for a Halloween special, but this was fun and had an entertaining tone.
written by Dan Harmon / directed by Tristram Shapeero / 27 October 2011 / NBC