Horror Magick: Thoughts on the Art of Scaring yourself.

Monsters are everywhere these days. And so are books of cut and ape spell-work. So I would like to take a moment to purpose a new form of Magick, HorrorMagick! (Insert mad scientist laugh here. …}

They are on movie screens certainly, although oddly enough, not always in horror films. As any fanboy can see, today monsters are at the very heart of Hollywood blockbuster action films and CGI spectacles, in franchises such as the Hobbit and Pirates of the Caribbean, films that few critics or scholars would likely classify as horror films per se. Monsters are also ubiquitous in animated kids films,

Jack Comes a Calling- Copyrite Vincent Piazza

(Frankenweenie (2012)], television programming, video games, pornography(“dinosaur porn,” anyone?), advertising, music, and cultural happenings such as“zombie runs” and “thriller” flash mobs.  This reflects, I think, the fact that monsters are and always have been potent metaphors for just about any and all aspects of human experience. So why aren’t we using monsters in magic? This is a Question I would like to explore with you.

In the twenty-first century alone, they have been used—so far—to speak of teenage romance (the Twilight franchise), extreme rendition and enhanced interrogation techniques (torture porn), our ever-increasing surveillance culture (found footage horror films), and survival itself in a world whose infrastructure is crumbling—or at least appears to be (the proliferation of zombie apocalypse texts across all aspects of the media landscape).

In its current form, the horror film itself is the perfect breeding ground for creation of ready-made thought forms and egregores preprogrammed with abilities and skills that would put any Goetic King or Infernal Demon to shame.  Putting it another way, monsters are not just for horror films anymore, so why waste such a valuable resource? And I’m not just talking the “Death Curse” ( That being said, what better way to get revenge on someone than to send the Candyman or Pinhead after them ?)

Fear is such a primal emotion, and a grand motivator. Need to clear a mall of people quickly? Calling the Birds from Hitchcock’s masterpiece would do the trick. Such movies are instigators of “moral panics,” especially as each new generation of filmmakers seeks to outdo their predecessors in terms of gore, shock, provocation, and politically incorrect titillation. I believe this Moral panic has left seeds within each of us that could be manipulated by a skillful practitioner with an eye for the silver screen.

 The blood-soaked façade that allows horror films to tackle social issues in ways no other genre can. Tired of those Abortion protesters ruining your morning drive? A spell involving Rosemary’s Baby might just do the trick. Horror films can say what other socially sanctioned genres often cannot. Horror is designed to arouse intense personal responses in its audiences, and people are known to be passionate about horror, loving it as life-long fans, or hating it just as much. And nothing is more powerful in magic than that love/hate polarity. Just some food for thought, I have a few Ideas about this and have done a number of experiments with “Horror Magick”, that so far seem very promising.

Happy October, and try to Stay in the light my Fiends….

By;Vincent Piazza

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