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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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Back to thy punishment, False fugitive, and to thy speed add wings, Least with a whip of Scorpions I pursue Thy lingring, or with one stroke of this Dart Strange horror seise thee, and pangs unfelt before.
A richer tint of crimson diffused itself over the pictured horrors of blood.
When I heard that soul- sickening yell, which marked his disappearance in the chasm, I was more glad than I can say that my eyes were spared the pain and horror which my ears had to endure.
His face grew very white as his eyes rested upon the bloody thing grinning up at him from the floor, the face set in a death mask of excruciating horror.
There was but one escape from the horrors of such a curse--the death of its author; and when Bududreen discovered that they had reached this point, and were even discussing the method of procedure, he added all that was needed to the dangerously smouldering embers of bloody mutiny by explaining that should anything happen to the white men he would become sole owner of their belongings, including the heavy chest, and that the reward of each member of the crew would be generous.
The existence of the Englishman and his fiancee was one continual nightmare of horror, and yet they lived on in hope of ultimate rescue.
I got no sleep for several nights or days after I came into that wretched place, and glad I would have been for some time to have died there, though I did not consider dying as it ought to be considered neither; indeed, nothing could be filled with more horror to my imagination than the very place, nothing was more odious to me than the company that was there.
There is a dread, unhallowed necromancy of evil, that turns things sweetest and holiest to phantoms of horror and affright.
His Don Juan Triumphant (for I had not a doubt but that he had rushed to his masterpiece to forget the horror of the moment) seemed to me at first one long, awful, magnificent sob.
Could I hide the involuntary horror with which he inspired me?
I saw astonishment giving place to horror on the faces of the people about me.
For the plot ought to be so constructed that, even without the aid of the eye, he who hears the tale told will thrill with horror and melt to pity at what takes place.