Why do we scare ourselves? The unsettling story of horror with Darryl Jones

Thursday 18th October 19:00 - 20:00 at Belfast

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?
Join Darryl Jones as he delves into the darkest corners of the horror genre, exploring films, fiction, and plays to unlock the secrets of our hidden taboos and trace the evolution of our darkest fears.
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 Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, where he teaches nineteenth-century literature and popular fiction. His books include Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film (2002), the Oxford World's Classics editions of M. R. James's Collected Ghost Stories (2011), Arthur Conan Doyle’s Gothic Tales (2018) and Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (2018).

Belfast Waterstones, Belfast
Thursday 18th October 19:00 - 20:00

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