📚 M M Owen writes about the Horror genre as a dark and piercing reflection of our anxious times:

As any historian of the genre will tell you, horror has had previous golden ages. Perhaps ours is just a random quirk of popular taste. But perhaps not. Perhaps we are intoxicated by horror today because the genre is serving a function that others aren’t. Can’t. Horror’s roots run deep, but they twist themselves into forms very modern. The imagination’s conversion of fear into art offers a dark and piercing mirror.

I can never pass up an opportunity to recommend The Passage. It’s one of the best books — horror or otherwise — I’ve ever read. Devastating and brilliant.

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