Notes on the weird – XII

Horror: [For the affect of horror to be invoked] it is not enough for the mundane world to be invaded, assaulted, seduced, taught or inveigled from another sphere…nor is it enough for monsters simply to exist… What generates the frisson of horror is an overwhelming sense that the invader is obscenely, trangressively impure. The monster of horror are befoulers of the boundaries that mark us off from the Other.

John Clute, Encyclopedia of Fantasy

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Notes on the weird – IX

Bad Place: Any place with a powerful flavour of wrongness and rottenness. Haunted dwellings, evil woods, dark towers, sometimes even wastelands. What makes a bad place may be the psychic taint of evid doings, or deluded perception or some ritual desecration.

David Langford, Encyclopedia of Fantasy