I love horror films and fiction but lately I’ve begun wondering about their portrayal of knowledge. I can’t think of any horror works which do not cause horror by increasing knowledge–in Psycho and Silence of the Lambs the climactic reveal is what’s in the basement; in The Changeling it’s in the attic; in The Shining one of the most horrifying/memorable scenes shows what’s in room 227; I thought Misery might be an exception, but the reveal there is Annie’s past as documented in her scrapbook. In Texas Chainsaw Massacre there are a couple of reveals, including the nature of the BBQ the teens have eaten and Pam’s realization that she’s taken refuge with Leatherface’s brother. In The Ring, the nature of the ring and its importance to Sadako are initially a mystery, and seeing the tape is fatal unless you spread that knowledge by endangering someone else.
Have any works managed to increase horror without revealing new information? And has anyone written compellingly about the politics/philosophy of horror in regards to knowledge (in any format–mass-market nonfiction, blogs, dissertation, whatever)?
Can you recommend some good modern horror fiction to me? No vampires or zombies, please.
These tales of supernatural suspense by Soren Narnia adhere to the most primal element of storytelling: a single human voice describing events exactly as it experienced them. The stories, stripped of even proper titles, spill forward as taut, uninterrupted confessions. Knifepoint Horror leaves nothing but the story’s riveting spine to compel and chill you to the core.
I actually don’t read a lot of fiction these days, as school keeps me pretty well occupied. However I love a good short story. Here is a thread of recommendations for scary short stories.
What is the scariest short story you’ve ever read?
The Dark Verse is a universe of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror stories by M. Amanuensis Sharkchild that have the sole purpose of following you to the visions of your sleep. They are available by podcast (free mp3 downloads), hardcover books, and ebooks.
The contents of the stories range from demented entities to gross worlds, undead recollections to philosophical and psychological possessions, and twisted, inventive imagery to unhindered terror.
WARNING: Some of the material of The Dark Verse may hold ideas and descriptions that may not be suitable for everyone. Although the content is clean of explicit language, it does contain dark themes and disturbing references.