Author(s): John Freeman
It haunts us; it stalks us; it shapes defining moments in our past. It creeps into our dreams and, if we allow it, can plague our ponderings of the future. The same scenarios that draw us to the thrill of the movie theater can rob us of the ability to flee from harm's way. The same 'monsters' that lived under our childhood beds can reappear, alive and toothsome, in our adult lives. And perhaps most frightening of all: without reason or apology, one person's fancy is another person's torment. Granta 117 takes a stab at understanding the phenomenon that is horror.
With award-winning reportage, memoir and fiction, Granta has illuminated the most complex issues of modern life through the refractory light of literature. In Rajesh Parameswaran's short story, a tiger escapes from the zoo and narrates its adventures as it terrorizes a neighbourhood. Nic Dunlop recounts his chance meeting with a Cambodian mass-murderer. Daniel Alarcon explores the phenomenon of staged blood baths. Mark Doty ruminates on a close encounter between Walt Whitman and Bram Stoker. There's also new fiction by Alice Munro, Joy Williams, Julie Otsuka, and Don DeLillo. Come along. Hold tight. Get scared...