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Macabre ‘We fall from womb to tomb, from blackness and toward another, remembering little of the one, and knowing nothing of the other.’ - Stephen King, Danse Macabre

Contents I


Definition, Synonyms, Edgar Allan Poe


Danse Macabre

Dance of Death, Artistic Interpretations


The Black Death Definition, Philip Ziegler, History



/ mә'ka:br(ә)/ Adjective 1. Representing death, especially in an unpleasant and gruesome manner. 2. Also relates to ‘Danse Macabre’, The Dance of Death; which reflected misery of the dying.

Macabre Death Ghastly Lurid Grim Repulsive Spine-Chilling Grisly Nightmare Ghoulish Gruesome Morbid Horrific Spooky Ritual Torment Weird Terrifying Cadaverous Repugnant Deathly Fearsome Grotesque Horror Dreadful Unpleasant Ghostly Dire Hideous Frightening Scary

End, Eternal, Satan Horror, Nauseating Grisly, Vivid, Gory Bleak, Gloom, Cruel Uninviting, Nasty Petrifying, Chilling Eerie, Bloody, Awful Anxiety, Horror Morbid, Cruel, , Devilish Appalling, Frightful, Grim Macabre, Pessimistic Grim, Nightmare Creepy, Mysterious, Scary Religious, After-life, Form Pain, Distress, Suffering Unnatural, Peculiar Panic, Torment, Petrified Bloodless, Skeletal Obscene, Disgust, Sick Grim, Ghostly Disturbing, Menacing Twisted, Distort, Absurd Panic, Dread, Terror Grim, Abominable Revolting, Distressing Abnormal, Phantom Alarming, Extreme, Unsightly, Repellant Anxious, Terror, Afraid Daunting, Sinister

‘Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wandering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before’.

Edgar Allan Poe ‘The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who returned from the dead’. Poe’s life and personality have attracted almost as much attention as his writing, and he has been variously pictured as a sado-masochist, dipsomaniac, drug addict and manic depressive. There can be little doubt that Poe was a disturbed and tormented man, often driven to the brink of madness like so many others. Poe is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as his haunting lyric poetry.

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