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Additional example 2: Maupassant's "Le Horla"

In Guy de Maupassant’s “Le Horla”, a tale about the coming of a superior species which may eventually dominate humanity, our initial reading of the text may well be guided by the typical expectation in the literature of terror of socialised humanity pitted against a wild, natural other, an expectation which will soon be supplemented by the, also generically typical, metaphysical addition of the other.

But as our understanding of the text deepens, we will become aware - maybe for the first time in the literature of terror - of an other who is, at one and the same time, not only a personification of nature and metaphysics, but one whose metaphysics departs from the “Scott-Ridley-Alien-other”, to embrace the social dimension:

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