part two of a terrific essay

Literary Racism Part Two

Here’s a snippet:

The fact is, we are constantly bombarded by simplistic, stereotyped images of horror and dark fantasy. They include everything from stock “slasher” movies such as Scream, Halloween, and Friday the 13th, to some of our favorite breakfast cereals like Count Chocula and Frankenberry. We even have a national holiday, Halloween, which is devoted to a child’s view of horror, and a set of five stamps honoring “the five greatest monsters of all time – Frankenstein’s Creature, Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera, The Wolf Man and The Mummy” (“Classic Movie Monsters Stamps,” 1). Unfortunately, what we are missing is the subtle, moody, atmospheric style of brilliant writers like Ramsey Campbell, and the cosmic horror in the face of the unknown that can be found in H. P. Lovecraft, America’s twentieth-century version of Edgar Allan Poe.

Say the word “horror” to the average citizen, and you may see a look of disgust. Say “fantasy,” and you will probably get no response at all. Still, to most people, both words have a pejorative connotation.

Too, author David Niall Wilson discusses the essay on his blog:

Matters of Perspective