Four o'clock in the morning, and the lights are on and still there's no way we're going to sleep, not after the film we just saw. The book we just read. Fear is one of the most primal human emotions, and one of the hardest to reason with and dispel. So why do we scare ourselves?
Darryl will discuss the key tropes of the genre, including its monsters, its psychological chills, and its love affair with the macabre, and explore how horror often reflects our contemporary anxieties and fears, and the way society responds to literary and film representations of the gruesome and taboo.
Darryl Jones is a professor of English at Trinity College Dublin and has edited horror collections by M. R. James and Arthur Conan Doyle as well as horror anthologies.