Category Archives: Iconic Characters of Horror Fiction

ICHF: The Alien Queen

In a previous entry, we discussed how The Alien from Alien was perfectly symbolic of xenophobia, i.e. the fear of what is different or “other.”  However, Alien isn’t a standalone movie – it has several sequels, and as I’ve discussed … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Alien

Yes, that’s The Alien with a capital A and a capital T to the “the,” because make no mistake: no one would ever confuse any other monster with that title.  Aliens – that is, monsters from outer space – are … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Martians of H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds is technically an Imperial Gothic Horror story. The Imperial Gothic, for those of you who aren’t horror lit nerds, is a subgenre of Gothic Horror that combines the normal themes of evil coming from the … Continue reading

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ICHF: Slender Man

One of the biggest conceits in the horror genre is that the horror, no matter how fantastical and unrealistic it may be, could happen.  Many stories even claim to be true – The Castle of Otranto, the first horror novel, … Continue reading

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ICHF: Nyarlathotep

Perhaps the second most famous eldritch abomination in Lovecraft’s pantheon, Nyarlathotep is something of an oddity among oddities.  If entities like Azathoth and Yog Sothoth are gods, then Nyarlathotep is sort of a dark angel, working as their messenger. Nyarlathotep … Continue reading

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ICHF: Cthulhu

Perhaps the most famous Cosmic Horror character of all time, Cthulhu has only grown in infamy with age, being far more popular now than he was when he debuted way back in the twenties.  Despite technically being only one of … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Thing

  Say hello to the Thing, sometimes called the Thing from Another World.  I’m generally against giving monsters vague pronouns instead of actual names, but man, the Thing makes it work.  For those who have not seen the 1980 classic … Continue reading

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