Friday, September 07, 2012

Genus loci of horror...

I was delighted to read today of a horror story titled the genus loci
http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/78/genius-loci

I've always been a fan of horror stories and occult fiction has been a constant favorite, authors such as Clive Barker and the like. This story had a sort of old English horror feel to it, reminding me at times of HP Lovecraft another favorite.
In the story a place is identified as evil, as the supernatural monster, the ghoulish vampire antagonist. A simple meadow...
I think we have all found places in nature that give us the stay off the moors vibe... This land is cursed sort of feel.
What is that feeling? Is it the guardian of the land? The genus loci? Perhaps as in many old world and animist traditions the spirits of place require sacrifice in order to work in peace with the people of the land that dwell there. Without sacrifice the genus loci historically did not just refuse blessings but brought misfortune...
This story to me as a bioregional animist brought visions of a hungry spirit of place... Neglected in its relationships and being powerful, requiring a willing sacrifice. Images of Druids, Mayans and Incas ran through my head... Hallucinogen snuffing Mapuche warriors possessed by the gods, the spirits of land and sky decapitating their captors from neighboring ecoregions...
Nature is a bloody place... And there are things in the woods that should scare you...
Enjoy this read and if you like, post a story of a place in nature that gave you the heebeegeebees...