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Dr. Schneider draws upon a detailed and telling analysis of eleven well-known horror stories: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Invisible Man, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Birds, Forbidden Planet, Vertigo, and Alien. He finds that a spiritual understanding of life can be attained through horro Dr. Schneider draws upon a detailed and telling analysis of eleven well-known horror stories: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Invisible Man, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Birds, Forbidden Planet, Vertigo, and Alien. He finds that a spiritual understanding of life can be attained through horror. Classic horror steers a middle path between fanaticism and despair: the path of wonderment. Horror teaches us that the human personality is paradoxical, that revulsion and disgust are the obverse of excitement and freedom, and that both poles are vital to individual, social, and ecological well-being.


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Dr. Schneider draws upon a detailed and telling analysis of eleven well-known horror stories: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Invisible Man, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Birds, Forbidden Planet, Vertigo, and Alien. He finds that a spiritual understanding of life can be attained through horro Dr. Schneider draws upon a detailed and telling analysis of eleven well-known horror stories: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Invisible Man, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Birds, Forbidden Planet, Vertigo, and Alien. He finds that a spiritual understanding of life can be attained through horror. Classic horror steers a middle path between fanaticism and despair: the path of wonderment. Horror teaches us that the human personality is paradoxical, that revulsion and disgust are the obverse of excitement and freedom, and that both poles are vital to individual, social, and ecological well-being.

41 review for Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-Teachings of the Monster Tale

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Another day, another book that talks about Phantom of the Opera using only an abridged and poor quality English translation. Either learn French, or stop subjecting this poor book to your poorly cited opinions. Some interesting points albeit /very/ simplified. Really needed to define it's categories upfront; What is horror? What is a monster tale? Why are these texts horror? Phantom of the Opera regularly gets cited as horror in English discussions but less so in French where it straddles the cat Another day, another book that talks about Phantom of the Opera using only an abridged and poor quality English translation. Either learn French, or stop subjecting this poor book to your poorly cited opinions. Some interesting points albeit /very/ simplified. Really needed to define it's categories upfront; What is horror? What is a monster tale? Why are these texts horror? Phantom of the Opera regularly gets cited as horror in English discussions but less so in French where it straddles the categories of popular/detective/fantastic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Max Thien

    I wanted and was promised much more than I got from this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard Cody

    ‎"Ecstasy is a glimpse of the infinite; terror is full disclosure." - Kirk Schneider I am round about midway through this book at present. The quote above is the beautiful nut of the idea presented herein. A fascinating exploration of horror fiction as a kind of "Holy" vessel containing, if not Absolute truth, at least glimpses of it. I long ago realized the "Holiness" of poetry and literature, so the basic idea Schneider explores here is not new to me. His focus on Horror fiction, however, makes ‎"Ecstasy is a glimpse of the infinite; terror is full disclosure." - Kirk Schneider I am round about midway through this book at present. The quote above is the beautiful nut of the idea presented herein. A fascinating exploration of horror fiction as a kind of "Holy" vessel containing, if not Absolute truth, at least glimpses of it. I long ago realized the "Holiness" of poetry and literature, so the basic idea Schneider explores here is not new to me. His focus on Horror fiction, however, makes a fascinating read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason Dias

    This is a neat work. It grounds aspects of existential theory in some of our shared narratives - old movies. Even if you haven't seen all the movies in question, I think you'll be able to relate to the topics through the ideas in them. Constriction and expansion, dissolution in either direction of magnitude. If other works on existential thought are too abstract for you, this might be the book to give you concrete examples. This is a neat work. It grounds aspects of existential theory in some of our shared narratives - old movies. Even if you haven't seen all the movies in question, I think you'll be able to relate to the topics through the ideas in them. Constriction and expansion, dissolution in either direction of magnitude. If other works on existential thought are too abstract for you, this might be the book to give you concrete examples.

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