April 16, 2015 12:00 PM | Joel Couture
Horror works by eroding our faith that the world around us is safe. It creeps under your skin by telling you that things aren't entirely as you perceive them, and that forces you can't see are closing in, tightening the invisible noose around you. It doesn't have to be monsters or ghosts, either, but something a bit more ordinary in its evil. It could be the friendly neighbor, one of the people at your birthday party, or a stranger on the train, and any of them could be far more terrible than some imagined spectre. The horror in Owl Cave's The Charnel House Trilogy works so well because it erodes that faith that your life is normal and safe, chipping away at it bit by bit with the supernatural and ordinary in subtle ways. By its end, you may be left wondering if you really know whats going on with the friends you invited over or even the person sharing your bed tonight.