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Why Horror?

Posted on 2006.01.11 at 03:23
Why Horror?

"This predilection for art that promises we will be frightened by it, shaken by it, at times repulsed by it seems to be as deeply imprinted in the human psyche as the counter-impulse toward daylight, rationality, scientific skepticism, truth and the "real." ... And this is the forbidden truth, the unspeakable taboo--that evil is not always repellent but frequently attractive; that it has the power to make of us not simply victims, as nature and accident do, but active accomplices."
--Joyce Carol Oates

"I find myself sometimes thinking, ‘Boy, where does this stuff come from?' But am I chilled by it? No! I'm excited by my appetite for the forbidden! It seems to me to be an adventure which all of us want to take once and a while, and maybe I want to take it more regularly than others...

"I don't think there's been any trauma, save the trauma of being born. I think what happens is you get born and the problems begin there. And I think that our response to the business of being flesh and blood is a big enough one that you don't have to go through some sort of particular trauma to glean source material for your writings. Just breathing will do it."
--Clive Barker

"We fall from womb to tomb, from one blackness and toward another, remembering little of the one and knowing nothing of the other ... except through faith."

--Stephen King

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