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Re: Horror Is Conservative

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Horror stories are effective when they successfully undermine (or enamble you plausibly to suspend) your belief in a rational universe.  A staple of the genre is a character who is in denial about a horrific reality until it overtakes him.  The genre is a rebuke to rationalist hubris and complacent materialism.  It operates in a universe that is mysteriously open, liberating the reader or viewer from the oppression of quotidian rationalism (and the pecksniffs who enforce it).

BONUS: Here’s William Shatner on the Twilight Zone, in the climactic scene from “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” You gotta love the shaggy dude.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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