Monday, October 03, 2005

Arousal, the curious "Thing"

A brief comment today about a comic book story, a "scientific Suspenstory" (sic!). This book illustrates how many crime comic stories cannot be described as giving any "emotional release" because apart from their other inadequacies they do not come to any end. The taste for violence is aroused—and maintained. The story begins with "a hideous thing" and ends:

"The doctor is dead! But where is the THING? WHERE? WHERE IS IT RIGHT NOW?"

Where is the Thing, indeed.