Humans are fascinated by evil. We wonder where it comes from and whether we ourselves could ever carry out such an act. Some readers turn to crime fiction for answers, while others prefer true crime. Of course, there is a vicarious frisson for the fan of either – the reader stands at the shoulder of monsters without being endangered.
Note: I felt very uncomfortable putting this post together, but for the sake of learning more about a genre I very rarely dive into, I pushed through. Just assume that I’ve tagged this list with every single trigger warning you can think of; this is disturbing stuff. If you think this might be too much for you, it probably is.
“Histoires Naturelles” by Juliette Bates.
In the second installment of the Halloween reading lists (the first: monster literature), we are going to tackle a different form of fiction: the short story. There is a wide selection of monsters, curses, mysterious forces, and existential horror on this list, and all of them bite-sized for a quick fix of creepiness.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
Lady Justice statue on top of the Old Bailey, London.
Lady Justice can be a cruel mistress and since writers thrive on the pain and confusion of their characters, there are a number of famous lawyers and court scenes to be found in fiction.