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The Five Senses of Horror

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Hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste: Our impressions of the world are formed by our five senses, and so too are our fears, our imaginations, and our captivation in reading fiction stories that embrace these senses.

Whether hearing the song of infernal caverns, tasting the erotic kiss of treachery, or smelling the lush fragrance of a fiend, enclosed within this anthology are fifteen horror and dark fantasy tales that will quicken the beat of fear, sweeten the flavor of wonder, sharpen the spike of thrills, and otherwise brighten the marvel of storytelling that is found resonant!

Award-winning editor Eric J. Guignard and psychologist Jessica Bayliss, PhD also include companion discourse throughout, offering academic and literary insight as well as psychological commentary examining the physiology of our senses, why each of our senses are engaged by dark fiction stories, and how it all inspires writers to continually churn out ideas in uncommon and invigorating ways.

Featuring stunning interior illustrations by Nils Bross, and including fiction short stories by authors such as Ramsey Campbell, Richard Christian Matheson, and John Farris, THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR is intended for readers, writers, and students alike!

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Available in hardback (dust jacket)
ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-04-3

Available in paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-9988275-0-6

Available in e-book
ISBN-13: 978-0-9988275-1-3

First edition published July, 2018




  “Very insightful and thought provoking . . . A wonderful mix of the paranormal, the supernatural, as well as the most terrifying side of the human condition.” Ginger Nuts of Horror  
  “An intellectual orgasm for the horror connoisseur.” Bibliophilia Templum Reviews
  “Brilliant . . . not just informative but entertaining.” The Horror Fiction Review  

Full Contents Include:

Preface: The Five Senses of Horror by Eric J. Guignard
Introduction: Why Do Horror Stories Work? The Psychobiology of Horror by Jessica Bayliss, PhD
Heading Home by Ramsey Campbell
Soft by Darrell Schweitzer
Feel the Noise by Lisa Morton
In the Cave of the Delicate Singers by Lucy Taylor
Sounds by Kathryn Ptacek
Malleus, Incus, Stapes by Sarah Totton
His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite
Cassilago’s Wife by Sarah Singleton
Sweet Subtleties by Lisa L. Hannett
The Beholder by Richard Christian Matheson



In the Porches of My Ears by Norman Prentiss
The Impression of Craig Shee by David McGroarty
Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration in Perfume by Chris Bell
The Scent by John F.D. Taff
The Odor of Violets by John Farris
Understanding and Incorporating the Five Human Senses into Modern Horror Short Fiction Writing by Eric J. Guignard
Afterword: Sensation and Perception by K. H. Vaughan, PhD
Suggested Academic Reading for Further Study
A Brief Reading List of Modern Fiction Short Stories with Relation to the Senses (1940–2015)
Additional Running Commentary by Jessica Bayliss, PhD
Illustrations by Nils Bross

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