publication . Article . 2017

The Hunters of Humanity: Creatures of Horror in M.R. James’s Ghost Stories

Oryshchuk, Nataliya;
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  • Published: 02 Feb 2017 Journal: Studies in Gothic Fiction, volume 5, page 13 (eissn: 2156-2407, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cardiff University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
In his ghost stories, M.R. James disclosed the most irrational and fearful aspects of archaic demonology still haunting the modern world. He turns humans into prey species, hunted and haunted by repulsive insect- and spider-like demons. This paper offers a closer look at the creatures of horror and the recurrent theme of the hunt in James's ghost stories, viewing them in the context of Victorian evolutionary theories as well as traditional medieval beliefs. James's protagonists, unimaginative and unadventurous scholars, suddenly come face to face (or face to tentacle) with the enormity of the Universe and its non-human creatures as they invade and shatter the ho...
Subjects
free text keywords: Demonology, Creatures, Aesthetics, Humanity, Art, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Irrational number, PR
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