Eric J. Guignard




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!

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.

•   In “Heading Home,” a dastardly scientist is determined to wreck vengeance against his adulterous wife and the butcher who’s brutally dismembered him . . . if only he can put himself back together.

•   In “The Odor of Violets,” a struggling author comes across the unpublished novel he was meant to write, accompanied by a strange fragrance of violets.

•   In “His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood,” two young men who know no taboos grow bored with all life has to offer, even when grave robbing from forbidden tombs.

. . . and more!

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!

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  Product Details:                    
  The Five Senses of Horror   Edited by Eric J. Guignard  
  Hardback ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-04-3   Psychological Commentary by Jessica Bayliss, PhD  
  Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9988275-0-6   Illustrations by Nils Bross  
  E-book ISBN-13: 978-0-9988275-1-3   Number of pages: 310 (about 85,000 words)  
  Library of Congress Control Number: 2017937253   Published by Dark Moon Books  
  First edition published in July, 2018   Made in the United States of America  
  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

Thoughts About the Sense of Touch by Jessica Bayliss, PhD
"Heading Home" by Ramsey Campbell
"Soft" by Darrell Schweitzer
"Feel the Noise" by Lisa Morton

Thoughts About the Sense of Hearing by Jessica Bayliss, PhD
"In the Cave of the Delicate Singers" by Lucy Taylor
"Sounds" by Kathryn Ptacek
"Malleus, Incus, Stapes" by Sarah Totton

Thoughts About the Sense of Taste by Jessica Bayliss, PhD
"His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" by Poppy Z. Brite
"Cassilago’s Wife" by Sarah Singleton
"Sweet Subtleties" by Lisa L. Hannett


Thoughts About the Sense of Sight by Jessica Bayliss, PhD
"The Beholder" by Richard Christian Matheson
"In the Porches of My Ears" by Norman Prentiss
"The Impression of Craig Shee" by David McGroarty

Thoughts About the Sense of Smell by Jessica Bayliss, PhD
"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 by Eric J. Guignard
A Brief Reading List of Modern Fiction Short Stories with Relation to the Senses (1940–2015) by Eric J. Guignard
* Illustrations by Nils Bross

  Reviews and Praise:              
  “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  
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