THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR
Edited by Eric J Guignard
An Intellectual Orgasm
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!
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 such world-renowned authors as John Farris, Ramsey Campbell, Poppy Z. Brite, Darrell Schweitzer, and Richard Christian Matheson, amongst others.
Intended for readers, writers, and students alike, explore THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR!
The Five Senses of Horror is an intellectual orgasm for the horror connoisseur. It takes you on a journey of the five senses with engrossing short stories prefaced by analytical scientific commentary.
The foreplay starts with the elegant and visually titillating cover. This visual stimulation is perpetuated by the captivating artwork sprinkled throughout the book. The next part of the experience begins with an enlightening preface by Eric J Guignard, and is followed by an introduction on the psychobiology of horror from Jessica Bayliss, PhD. Turn the page to immerse your senses in the stimulating journey of this conceptually brilliant collection.
The book is divided into sections, with a separate section for each of the five senses. Each of these has creative, thought-provoking art representing the respective sense, a brief analysis of that sense as it pertains to the horror experience, and three short stories focused on that sense. The flow is simply amazing, the journey enthralling. And if you are left wanting just a little more, there is a section of additional material at the end to lead you on your own literary sensory journey.
Whether or not you agree with all of the conclusions of the scientific commentaries, there is no denying the stimulating experience of the analytical process provided. And if you are not in the mood for the intellectual foreplay, well that’s fine. Read the stories! The collection of stories is incredible in and of itself. I found “Sounds” by Kathryn Ptacek to be particularly impactful. Then there is the horrifying read “His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood” by Poppy Z Brite. Another story of note is the classically constructed tale “Shem-El-Nessim: An Inspiration in Perfume” by Chris Bell. You will have your own favorites.
I would like to note here that a few of the stories deal with the neurological condition known as Synesthesia, which I found wonderfully fascinating!
Read it for the in-depth analysis of the psychobiology of experiencing horror literature with the five senses.
Read it for the excellent collection of stories.