Mazes of the Serpent: An Anatomy of Horror Narrative

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4

Beyond Realism: Horror Narrative as
Parody

The paintings were appalling—hideous monsters of every shape and size, and parodies on human outlines which cannot be described.

— H. P. LOVECRAFT , “The Horror at Red Hook”

One of the functions of culture is to provide symbolic systems
which displace awareness of what is terrible . . . [but] the prob-
lem now is that symbolic manipulations of consciousness no
longer work. Death and terror are too much with us.

— TERRENCE DES PRES, The Survivor


THE LIMITS OF REALISM

H. P. Lovecraft was a sophisticated student and practitioner of horror narrative, and it might be useful for us to linger a moment on one of his better stories, “The Horror at Red Hook” (1925). The setting is a seedy dockside area in New York City:

Red Hook is a maze of hybrid squalor near the ancient waterfront opposite Governor's Island, with dirty highways climbing the hill from the wharves to that higher ground where the decayed lengths of Clinton

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Table of contents

  • Mazes of the Serpent - An Anatomy of Horror Narrative *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Mazes of the Serpent *
  • Introduction - Horror Explained (Away) 1
  • 1 - Alternate Worlds 7
  • 2 - Ghosts and Other Monsters 28
  • 3 - Conventions of Absence:The Style of Literary Horror 71
  • 4 - Beyond Realism: Horror Narrative as Parody 112
  • 5 - Horror and the Absence of Redemption 145
  • Works Cited 165
  • Index 171
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