Unlike many, I have always had a lack of curiosity about my family tree. I have no illustrious forebears, and what little I’ve gleaned regarding my ancestry has been disappointing at best, and scandalous at worst. However, I had an interesting conversation with my father just this week, wherein he related the somewhat infamous story of the progenitor of our particular line of Crowders – another family secret revealed. (Don’t fret, I have been assured that we are not of Innsmouth stock. Our secrets are more mundane than that.)
Innsmouth is no stranger to secrets, or infamous family lines – as the narrator of today’s tale discovers. It’s difficult to have any amount of horror without secrets – think of ancient dwelling places hidden beneath reefs, or Rochester’s attic-hidden wife, or even Norman Bates’s mother. Without furtive whispers and things unseen, we would have very little to discuss here, so your assignment today is to discuss some aspect of secrecy in horror, using “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” as a starting point.
Please note: there will be no official assignment tomorrow due to the length of today’s reading.
Reading: The Shadow Over Innsmouth
Task: 300 words or less on the nature of secrecy in horror