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Waking Evil

This could easily be subtitled "meddling with things you don't understand". One very common theme in horror fiction is the story based upon awakening a malign force by reading the wrong book, staying in the wrong house or pursuing forbidden knowledge. Authors exploring this theme tend to be quite heavily influenced by H.P. Lovecraft. He did more than anyone to explore this particular area, especially in his Cthulhu Mythos stories which exploded to create a subgenre all of their own.

Then there are those non-lovecraftian works like The Omen, where an evil force destined to rule the world is reborn as a child and rises to dominance. These generate their initial unease by playing on the cultural idea of childhood innocence and subverting it by making a child the representation of a knowing and ancient evil.

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