Horror and Philosophy

Essays on Their Intersection in Film, Television and Literature

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About the Book

Horror, no matter the medium, has always retained some influence of philosophy. Horror literature, cinema, comic books and television expose audiences to an “alien” reality, playing with the logical mind and challenging “known” concepts such as normality, reality, family and animals. Both making strange what was previously familiar, philosophy and horror feed each other.
This edited collection investigates the intersections of horror and philosophical thinking, spanning across media including literature, cinema and television. Topics covered include the cinema of David Lynch; Scream and Alien: Resurrection; the relationships between Jorge Luis Borges and H. P. Lovecraft; horror authors Blake Crouch and Paul Tremblay; Indian film; the television series Atlanta; and the horror comic book Dylan Dog. Philosophers discussed include Julia Kristeva, George Berkeley, Michel Foucault, and the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit. Using philosophies like posthumanism, Afro-Pessimism and others, it explores connections between nightmare allegories, postmodern fragmentation, the ahuman sublime and much more.

About the Author(s)

Subashish Bhattacharjee is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Bengal, India. He edits the interdisciplinary online journal The Apollonian, and is an editor for the journal Muse India.

Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns is a professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)—Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Argentina), where he teaches courses on international horror film.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Subashish Bhattacharjee and Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8760-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4949-8
Imprint: McFarland