Mathias Clasen, Why Horror Seduces


  • Darryl Jones Trinity College Dublin School of English



Horror Studies, Cognitive Studies, Literary Studies


Mathias Clasen, Why Horror Seduces (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). 190 pp.  £21.99 ISBN: 9780190666514

Author Biography

Darryl Jones, Trinity College Dublin School of English

My major research and teaching  interest is in the general area of popular literature, particularly in the fields of horror fiction and film, and of Victorian and Edwardian supernatural and adventure fiction.  Most specifically, I am interested in writers such as M. R. James, H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Machen, Sax Rohmer, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. P. Lovecraft, and their contemporaries in fin-de-siècle and early twentieth-century popular literature.  My edition of the Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James was published by Oxford University Press in 2011, and I have also edited Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson, H. G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau and The War of the Worlds, and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Gothic Tales, all for OUP.  My most recent book, Sleeping with the Lights On: The Unsettling Story of Horror was published by OUP in 2018.





How to Cite

Jones, D. (2020). Mathias Clasen, Why Horror Seduces. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, 5(1-2), 180–183.