Mystery & Horror Writing, Week Three

My class schedule got all messed up because of last week’s snow, but we’ll be getting back on track this week with a discussion of monsters and body horror. Today’s readings up for discussion:

  • Junji Ito’s “The Enigma at Amigara Fault”
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  • An excerpt from Julia Kristeva’s “Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection”
  • “Exotic Pleasures” by Peter Carey (from The Fat Man in History)
  • “The Moving Finger” by Stephen King (from Nightmares & Dreamscapes)
  • “The Crowd” by Ray Bradbury (from The October Country)
  • Elizabeth Barrette’s essay “Elements of Aversion”

We’ll also be talking about the particularities of stories with monsters and body horror, sharing and discussing our lists of 100 things that terrify us (this week, I’m going to devote a whole post to this exercise, which I think is extremely valuable), and having our first workshop.

Next week’s theme is “Murder.” We will be reading:

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