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Horror and Science

Horror and Science

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Published by Jason Colavito
For nearly three centuries, the horror genre has offered a running commentary on the role of science in our society. Whether this takes the form of mad scientists like Victor Frankenstein or Dr. Moreau or unclassifiable monsters that defy human reason like Ambrose Bierce’s Damned Thing or the extraterrestrial blasphemies of H. P. Lovecraft, horror stories show us that the light of knowledge does not always illuminate the darkest corners of our world, or our souls. This collection of essays examines some of the odder corners of the intersection of reason and fear, including professional skeptics who condemn horror fiction as dangerous, radical theorists who misused horror ideas to claim aliens visited the ancient earth, and the thematic connections between H. P. Lovecraft’s ancient extraterrestrial gods and the cosmology of Scientology.
For nearly three centuries, the horror genre has offered a running commentary on the role of science in our society. Whether this takes the form of mad scientists like Victor Frankenstein or Dr. Moreau or unclassifiable monsters that defy human reason like Ambrose Bierce’s Damned Thing or the extraterrestrial blasphemies of H. P. Lovecraft, horror stories show us that the light of knowledge does not always illuminate the darkest corners of our world, or our souls. This collection of essays examines some of the odder corners of the intersection of reason and fear, including professional skeptics who condemn horror fiction as dangerous, radical theorists who misused horror ideas to claim aliens visited the ancient earth, and the thematic connections between H. P. Lovecraft’s ancient extraterrestrial gods and the cosmology of Scientology.

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Published by: Jason Colavito on Apr 12, 2011
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 Horror & Science
Essays on the Horror Genre, Skepticism, and ScientologyBy Jason Colavito
 
 
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The Cult of Alien Gods: H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture 
(Prometheus, 2005)
Knowing Fear: Science, Knowledge, and the Development of the Horror Genre 
(McFarland, 2008)
 
“A Hideous Bit of Morbidity”: An Anthology of Horror Criticism from 
the Enlightenment to World War I 
(McFarland, 2009)
 

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