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Global Horror: Pale Horse, Pale Rider

  • David Punter
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Abstract

Punter begins with an overview of Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror, then addresses a number of themes within recent global horror, citing exemplary texts: the body and race (Helen Oyeyemi, White Is for Witching and The Opposite House); migration and the refugee (Andrea Levy, Small Island, and Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place); totalitarianism and torture (Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son, and Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World); war and zombification (Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and Max Brooks, World War Z); vampires and hysteria (Carlos Fuentes, Vlad, and John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In); perversion and phobia (Patrick Süskind, Perfume, and Kim Sōk-pōm, The Curious Tale of Mandogi’s Ghost); pedophilia and abjection (Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye); and class and blindness (James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Punter
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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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