Facing Our Darkness: Manifestations of Fear, Horror and Terror

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Facing Our Darkness: Manifestations of Fear, Horror and Terror


Edited by Laura Colmenero-Chilberg and Ferenc Mújdricza

Year: 2015

Format: eBook (PDF)


This fascinating Interdisciplinary volume, reaches deep within the subjects of fear, horror and terror, bringing together professionals and researchers from several disciplines, lending the reader a fascinating look at how each discipline helps the others to gain  new perspectives and fuller understanding.

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Fear … Horror … Terror … The very words cause us to tingle with both anticipation and unease. Sitting in the movie theatre waiting for the murderer to jump out and kill the clueless teenager we are both repulsed and excited about the impending death. We yell, “He’s behind the tree!” knowing our reminders are pointless but unable to restrain ourselves when caught up in the panic of the moment. Humans have a fascination with fear, horror, and terror. Why? Whatever the reason, it both fascinates and often disgusts us. All of these emotional phenomena – fear, horror, terror – are infected by our fear of death. In the end all three phenomena test our courage. Yet this courage is not only heroic – each and every optimistic, trusting, self-confident, and faithful person permanently has it in spite of all the fears, horrors, and terrors with which the state of human existence threatens us since the dawn of self-awareness. This book is about some of these threats.

Laura Colmenero-Chilberg and Ferenc Mújdricza

Part I    Popular Culture’s Ability to Create Fear, Horror and Terror

What We Fear and What We Desire: The Nature of Fear and Terror in Vampire Oriented Cinema
Magdalena Grabias

From the Villain to the Avenger: Mythical Portrayals of Sweeney Todd
Karina dos Santos Salles

Imprisoned in Silence: Anxiety and Embodiment in I Want To Live!
Eloise Ross

Pregnancy, Horror, and Terror in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Of Spiritual Rebirth and Poetic Justice in the Narratives of Metafilm
Thulile Pearl Shandu

Archaeology of 21st Century U.S. Horror: Production, Exhibition and Consumption of Hardcore Horror
James Aston

A World without Magic: The Curse in Once Upon a Time
Sandra Trabucco Valenzuela

The Traumatised Body of the Performance Artist: Marina Abramović and Franko B.
Karolina Lambrou

Childish Games: Children, Horror, and the Abu Ghraib Photographs
Ana Romão

Bored to Death: Violence and Narrative Indifference in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666
Nisha Viswanathan

The Spirit of Lucifer: Rethinking the Mythology of Isak Dinesen
Svend Skriver

Part II    Fear, Horror, and Terror in Real Life

Japanese Occupation of Andaman 1942-1945: A Promise of Freedom or Betrayal
Deepshikha Salooja

Morality in Hell: Case Study on Women in Auschwitz
Lily Halpert Zamir

Symbolism and Militarism of Canada’s North
Mark Williams and Danita Catherine Burke

Horror and Fear Associated with Current Methods of Exorcism among Pentecostals in Nigeria
Eunice I. Anyacho and Ernest O. Anyacho

Fear and Terror Surrounding the Myth and Migration of the Fulani Nomads and Their Yearly Clashes with Crop Farmers
in Nigeria
Ernest Okey Anyacho and Eugene U. Ibli

Part III    Interpreting and Constructing Fear, Horror, and Terror

The Anxious Self in Contemporary Self-Help Literature
Valérie de Courville Nicol

Fear Arising Out of Misinterpretation: Cultural Differences between the Loong and the Dragon
Wenjing Bi

The Experience of the Negative Sublime: A Terror Heuristic of the Anthropic Action Effects on the Environment
Sandra Escobar

The Wearing of Death: Fear of Death and Social Deviance
Ferenc Mújdricza

‘Fear’, ‘Horror’ and ‘Terror’: Not Moral-Evaluation Constants but Moral-Evaluation Functions, Determined by
Two Moral-Evaluation-Variables in Algebra of Formal Ethics
Vladimir Lobovikov

Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Black Hills State University. Her research interests include a focus on gender and popular culture, in particular works of popular horror fiction.

Ferenc Mújdricza holds an MA in Sociology, and currently he is a Ph.D. student at the Semmelweis University in Budapest. His research focuses on the relationship between fear of death and social trust.