Dead and Buried - Abjection and Cotard's Syndrome

  • Verity Clayton


Scary Stories Session 23 explores the fear of being buried alive, looking at both supposed real-life cases in which this may have happened and the hysteria that subsequently followed. It also discusses the two related fears of claustrophobia and suffocation, both of which are thought to be key to the fear of being buried alive. But, while these deal with the fear of being alive and buried prematurely, it leads to the question of what would happen in the reverse? What would it mean to be dead and still walking around to see one's own funeral?

Part 2: Abject Artforms