The Art of Darkness – Introduction

The introductory chapter to W.J. Renehan's The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction - Why is it that we so often turn to works of horror fiction as a source of entertainment when they should, by all rights, turn us off completely? Why should we pay good money to be scared… Continue reading The Art of Darkness – Introduction

At the Mountains of Madness

The strength of H.P. Lovecraft’s masterpiece lies in its closing of aesthetic distance between the text and reader. Lovecraft achieves this effect by building the suspense/tension slowly and subtly, encouraging the reader to engage in/anticipate the progression of events, and in so doing drawing them to the edge of an actual psychological threat. Here we… Continue reading At the Mountains of Madness