Imperial Horror and Terrorism

  • Johan Höglund


This chapter explores the relationship between horror fiction, imperialism, and terrorism by first showing how early British horror writing describes the monstrous Other as a terrorist who aims to destroy the British Empire. The chapter then turns to American twentieth-century horror, the time when the United States grew into the dominant Anglo-empire. During this era, US Imperial Horror sometimes critiqued but more often supported the continuing expansion of the nation’s global dominance, becoming increasingly xenophobic and jingoistic in the wake of 9/11. As in Britain, the supernatural Other in American Imperial Horror is typically imagined as a terrorist with an apocalyptic agenda. Thus, the chapter argues, present-day Imperial Horror gives expression to contemporary anxieties regarding the United States’ increasingly unstable geopolitical position.


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  • Johan Höglund
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  1. 1.Linnaeus UniversityKalmarSweden

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