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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Real Versus Fictitious Horror

Why read horror fiction when there is such an abundance of terror in the real world? It's a question I ask as someone who seeks out the macabre in literature, even as I cringe at the daily news. With temperatures reaching 123 and honey bees going the way of dodo birds, one can't help wondering: What is the point of dark fiction when reality gives us so much to fear. [This was written in relatively good times before the coronavirus epidemic, inflation, the southern border mess, the war on police, the rise in crime, and the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.]

Danielle Trussoni, The New York Times Book Review, October 6, 2019

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