30 of the Scariest Moments From Western Literature

Here are 30 of the scariest moments I know of from the ever- controversial “canon” of Western literature — a surely fraught construction that should be perpetually revised, placed in check, and, in some cases, mocked. As far as this list goes, some entries — like the electroshock scene from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man — are cases of a great artist evoking the horrors of his age; other entries are almost accidental emblems of a long history of Western violence, mental illness, delusion. In other words, it’s not necessarily a badge of honor to be included here. Nor is it a complete catalogue of Western horror, but rather a rough, idiosyncratic timeline against which you can assert your own un-favorite horrors and revulsions…