Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Door To Hell

Even knowing what horror has the potential to do—as explored in my last post—there is still the question of why we are drawn to horror, whether in books, movies, or the recently popular two-sentence horror stories that have been circling … Continue reading

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What Makes a Man a Monster?

Daniel Baker’s “Why We Need Dragons: The Progressive Potential of Fantasy,” makes a compelling case for the ability of the genres of fantasy and sci-fi to effect social change. In his article, Baker asserts that the more mainstream realist fiction … Continue reading

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Horror as a Shield from Madness

Horror tends to stay closer to a less-optimistic reality than other genres. It’s not afraid to kill the protagonist, let the bad guy win, or leave the wicked unpunished. Perhaps this explains why the genre has not traditionally held popularity … Continue reading

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We Create Our Own Demons

Marvel’s 2013 superhero flick, Iron Man 3, begins with Tony Stark’s retrospective meditation on the idea that we create our own demons. Unlike the previous Marvel films that featured an unwaveringly confidant Stark, Iron Man 3 explores the emotional vulnerability … Continue reading

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About the Authors

“There’s no conscious thing thing on the face of the world that doesn’t know dread more intimately than its own heartbeat.”  -Clive Barker We are graduate students interested in the academic and social value of horror. Our interest stems from … Continue reading

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