Happy New Year Dr. Wiggins 🥂😎🙏
Now that Holy Horror is out I’ve been noticing an increasing number of scholars who are writing on the topic of monsters. Book writing takes several years, as a rule, and when I began work on my contribution to the discussion the bibliography was a touch slim. There weren’t many books out there and academics who addressed the topic did so warily. Now scarcely a day or two will pass when I won’t find another book I should read on the topic. Publishing may be an industry in crisis, but there’s no dearth of new books being produced. Monsters—which define horror—are a means of coping with the realities of a world out of control. Since 2016 many of us have felt a vague, if at times pointed, sense that something is seriously threatening out there. Horror seems a logical response.
Academia tends to…
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