What if... our nightmares are real?

Horror fiction draws on the unseen, the unknown, and the uncanny in order to explore—and expose—humanity's darkest fears. It provokes a range of visceral reactions in the reader, from the subtle chills of dread evinced by victorian ghost stories to the adrenaline-laced fear and disgust evoked by contemporary zombie novels. Themes of abjection, monstrosity, and taboo are common.