The Five Senses of Horror

The Five Senses of Horror


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Hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste: Our impressions of the world are formed by our five senses, and so too are our fears, our imaginations, and our captivation in reading fiction stories that embrace these senses.

Whether hearing the song of infernal caverns, tasting the erotic kiss of treachery, or smelling the lush fragrance of a fiend, enclosed within this anthology are fifteen horror and dark fantasy tales that will quicken the beat of fear, sweeten the flavor of wonder, sharpen the spike of thrills, and otherwise brighten the marvel of storytelling that is found resonant!

Editor Eric J. Guignard and psychologist Jessica Bayliss, PhD also include companion discourse throughout, offering academic and literary insight as well as psychological commentary examining the physiology of our senses, why each of our senses are engaged by dark fiction stories, and how it all inspires writers to continually churn out ideas in uncommon and invigorating ways.

Featuring stunning interior illustrations by Nils Bross, and including fiction short stories by such world-renowned authors as John Farris, Ramsey Campbell, Poppy Z. Brite, Darrell Schweitzer, and Richard Christian Matheson, amongst others.

Intended for readers, writers, and students alike, explore THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949491043
Publisher: Dark Moon Books
Publication date: 08/27/2018
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Eric J. Guignard is a writer and editor of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He's won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award, and a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize. His stories and non-fiction have appeared in over one hundred genre and literary publications. As editor, Eric's published the anthologies, Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, After Death..., +Horror Library+ Volume 6, and is soon to release Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror. Read his novella, Baggage of Eternal Night (Journalstone), his short story collection, That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction (Cemetery Dance Publications) and watch for his first novel, Crossbuck 'Bo, which is currently being shopped around. Outside the glamorous and jet-setting world of indie fiction, Eric's a technical writer and college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children, cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles.

Table of Contents

“Preface: The Five Senses of Horror” by Eric J. Guignard

“Introduction: Why Do Horror Stories Work? The Psychobiology of Horror” by Jessica Bayliss, PhD

“Thoughts About the Sense of Touch” by Jessica Bayliss, PhD

“Heading Home” by Ramsey Campbell

“Soft” by Darrell Schweitzer

“Feel the Noise” by Lisa Morton

“Thoughts About the Sense of Hearing” by Jessica Bayliss, PhD

“In the Cave of the Delicate Singers” by Lucy Taylor

“Sounds” by Kathryn Ptacek

“Malleus, Incus, Stapes” by Sarah Totton

“Thoughts About the Sense of Taste” by Jessica Bayliss, PhD

“His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite

“Cassilago’s Wife” by Sarah Singleton

“Sweet Subtleties” by Lisa L. Hannett

“Thoughts About the Sense of Sight” by Jessica Bayliss, PhD

“The Beholder” by Richard Christian Matheson

“In the Porches of My Ears” by Norman Prentiss

“The Impression of Craig Shee” by David McGroarty

“Thoughts About the Sense of Smell” by Jessica Bayliss, PhD

“Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration in Perfume” by Chris Bell

“The Scent” by John F.D. Taff

“The Odor of Violets” by John Farris

“Understanding and Incorporating the Five Human Senses into Modern Horror Short Fiction Writing” by Eric J. Guignard

“Afterword: Sensation and Perception” by K. H. Vaughan, PhD

“Suggested Academic Reading for Further Study “

“A Brief Reading List of Modern Fiction Short Stories with Relation to the Senses (1940–2015)”

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Michael_Flores1 More than 1 year ago
This is the craziest anthology I've ever read, and I mean that as the highest of praise. The stories are amazing, and they're meaningful, because they tie in to the human brain and our senses. The PhD psychologist gives excellent commentary throughout, and there's academic critique and artwork, and all kinds of other things. I feel smarter after reading this, a more learned person. And more entertained.
JimmyTamTam More than 1 year ago
Ambitious as it is interesting. Never read an anthology book like this before. Learned a crazy amount of interesting information about the brain and fiction stories, along with inclusion of some of the best fiction!
Joanna Parypinski More than 1 year ago
I'm really impressed with what Dark Moon Books has been putting out lately--interesting, fresh, unique anthologies that really add something to the horror genre, as opposed to the same-old, same-old kind of thing. The Five Senses of Horror takes us on a journey through the way sensation and perception influence our response to horror. Each sense has its own chapter in the book, and each chapter includes three short horror stories that utilize that sense in some interesting way, along with critical commentary from a psychologist, whose analytical explorations of the senses are just as engaging as the fiction. There's some great fiction here, with a range of authors and approaches to horror, and not a dud in the bunch. The other reviews here saying this is an anthology unlike anything they've read before are on point. This is a fascinating, engaging, and brilliant book--highly recommended!
Judi1953 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful and unique anthology bridging horror short fiction and literary and psychological analysis. Hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste, all written and discussed in terms of fiction and in real-world brain studies. What a breath of fresh air this book is! Illuminating and meaningful. Looks great too. Wonderful artwork and a nice addition to my anthology library. Plus some of my favorite authors are in here! Ramsey Campbell and Poppy Z Brite I’ve read for decades. Some new names too, Im now a fan of. (This ebook was provided to me for a review)
Vivian_Metzger More than 1 year ago
***Full review to come*** but let me just say immediately, this book is extraordinary