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Horror

Addams
Charles (1912— ) famed cartoonist of the macabre. [Am. Comics: NCE, 19]
Bhairava
(m), Bhairav (f) terrible forms of Shiva and spouse. [Hindu Myth.: Parrinder, 44]
Black Death, the
plague whose unprecedented mortality was incomprehensible to medieval mind. [Eur. Hist.: Bishop, 379–382]
Bosch, Hieronymus
(c. 1450–1516) paintings contain grotesque representations of evil and temptation. [Art Hist.: Osborne, 149]
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The
thrilling horror story told by a madman. [Ger. Cinema: Halliwell, 119]
Danse Macabre
Saint-Saëns’ musical depiction of a dance of the dead. [Music Hist.: Thompson, 1906]
Disasters of War
Goya’s violent protest against French occupation of Spain. [Art. Hist.: Osborne, 497]
Dracula, Count
vampire terrifies Transylvanian peasants and London circle. [Br. Lit.: Dracula]
dragonwort
traditional representation of horror. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 469]
Exorcist, The
supernatural horror story about a girl possessed by the devil (1974). [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 247]
Jaws
box office sensation about a killer shark (1975). [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 380]
mandrake
traditional representation of horror. [Plant Symbol-ism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
Phantom of the Opera, The
story of an angry, disfigured composer who haunts the sewers beneath the Paris Opera House. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 562]
Pit and the Pendulum, The
study in bone-chilling terror. [Am. Lit.: “The Pit and the Pendulum” in Portable Poe, 154–173]
Psycho
Hitchcock’s classic horror film. [Am. Cinema: NCE, 1249]
snakesfoot
indicates shocking occurrence. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
Tell-Tale Heart, The
mad murderer dismembers victim, mistakes ticking watch for dead man’s heart, and confesses. [Am. Lit.: Poe The Tell-Tale Heart]
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A richer tint of crimson diffused itself over the pictured horrors of blood.
I must live on--as I have lived--alone, and, in addition, bear with other woes the memory of this latest insult and horror.
The thought that these human fiends would devour him when the dance was done caused him not a single qualm of horror or disgust.
But this calm for thought never came; every time the thought rose of what she had done and what would happen to her, and what she ought to do, a horror came over her and she drove those thoughts away.
Then know that each of my visits to Erik increased my horror of him; for each of those visits, instead of calming him, as I hoped, made him mad with love
By this time my other companion and I were running for our lives to some place where we might hope to be safe from this new horror, and seeing a tall tree we climbed up into it, having first provided ourselves with a store of fruit off the surrounding bushes.
I grasped his hand, and in a moment forgot my horror and misfortune; I felt suddenly, and for the first time during many months, calm and serene joy.
She called upon the mercy of God for deliverance from herself; for deliverance from the possession of the Devil; for blindness to fall on her, for death to strike her, so that she might never see that unnamed Horror more
His vesture was dabbled in blood--and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror.
Or, again, the deed of horror may be done, but done in ignorance, and the tie of kinship or friendship be discovered afterwards.
The nurse looked at him with her calm, kind eyes, which had seen all the horror and pain of the world, and yet, filled with the vision of a world without sin, remained serene.
With mournful pleasure she now lingered over these images, repelling with horror only the last one, the picture of his death, which she felt she could not contemplate even in imagination at this still and mystic hour of night.