“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 a desire to understand the relationship between horror and human nature. It seems paradoxical that we endure and perhaps even enjoy scenes of horror that, in reality, would inspire repulsion and disgust. So, why do we indulge in the grotesque? What is the appeal of terror? Why do we peek between our fingers when our hands seek to shield us? In our readings of well-known horror fiction, we seek to answer these questions.