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How to identify some Macabre Fiction (contd)

Post by: Kabita Sonowal

When it comes to macabre fiction, A Sight for Sore Eyes is a brilliant tale of the macabre, morose, and low life. Here I’m reading one of the many best books by Ruth Rendell. Teddy Brex’s eyes feast on Francine; she is the treat and a sight for his sore eyes. She is an object to him: an object to be treasured, loved, and admired. There is a strong undercurrent of obsession and the question that good looking Teddy Brex has an eye for beauty yet regards human beings as human dross is spine-chilling and grotesque yet reveals of a lot of such twisted minds in need of serious clinical help. Ruth Rendell paints the life of a young man who has grown up in neglect, squalor, and misery. It is a dismal and an ironic scene of absolute good looks juxtaposed with wickedness and insanity.



The Killing Doll by Ruth Rendell is another tale of macabre fiction. This story delves into the psyche of regular-appearing yet dysfunctional people. Pup is a modern-day manifestation of Doctor Faustus who sells his soul to the devil while his sister is obsessed with magic and believes that he is gifted with the occult and the mysterious. Things take a turn towards weirdness once their step mother dies after an effigy of hers is struck with pins.



Salem’s Lot by Stephen King is yet another piece of ghoulish fiction. Bear Mears a writer returns to a town where he spent a faction of his childhood called Jerusalem’s Lot or Salem’s Lot in Maine. He soon realizes that the town’s inhabitants are turning into vampires. It is almost phantasmal and gory; yet it is riveting and a page turner for the very essence of its ghoulishness.



Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley is yet another work of ghoulish fiction. It is a feisty assimilation of the romantic, gothic, and macabre literature. Set in the tone of galvanism, it is a story about an experiment that has gone awry.



Tracing back, check Doctor Faustus out by Christopher Marlowe. Set in the sixteenth century, Marlowe wove the tale of a man who sold his soul to the devil and experiment with necromancy.



The list of macabre fiction is endless and the element of the macabre gives a kick to most people. Therefore look out for more of Ruth Rendell and Roald Dahl. Enjoy the morbid moments of fantasy!

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nice one
Tue,Feb 21st 2012 9:23 AM