Old radio show?
Hello people from this forum.
I've got a favour to ask. Like, over a year ago, (I believe it was around the release of Half-Life 2, the fact that this is my personal calender is something I perhaps shouldn't share) I downloaded an interview with Chuck Palahniuk. It was an awesome, intelligent mp3, and I need to listen to it again. I searched my computer but can't find it (probably got lost in the move to a new pc). In it, Chuck talked about a short story called "The Lottery" about a lottery being held where the winners would die, as a mirror to the Vietnam draft. He also talked about the Boris Karloff Frankenstein film as a response to the fact that after World War I mutilated soldiers would come back from the front, and how the movie was a response to people seeing 'monsters' in the street.
I'm thinking about writing an article (for my university paper, nothing big or important) about how Saw and Hostel are fully worthy horror stories, because the 'function' of horror has always been to mirror the fears in society. The novel Frankenstein would not have been written or at least, not been a success, if it did not mirror the fears of the Industrial Revolution. The fifties had horror/sf in the US about the invasion of aliens and the enemy within, which was a clear version of the fear for communism and the USSR. And the common factor between Hostel and Saw is that the horrors commited are not done by monsters or a supernatural force, but by other people. The inhumanity of man towards man. Which I personally believe is a way to deal with the WTC attacks, where we were all shown that true horror is from humans to other humans. At least, that's my belief.
Anyway, this personal philosophy concerning horror was made specific after this radio interview, and I'd like to listen to it again. Anyone have it or know where I can find it? It would be much appreciated.
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