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Stories with elements of horror are already slippery: what is haunted or horrifying? What isn’t? Who do we trust in the story and what permits us to suspend belief? Whether the presence is psychologically charged and ethereal or a set of concrete objects that become increasingly animate as the narrative progresses, if we amplify a major presence and make our characters adhere to the strange presence(s) that daunt them, it is possible to convey something of the underlying natures of the characters who occupy these worlds. Characters may become more complex or perhaps even reduced by this development, but in both cases, the narrative grants us a vastly interesting and rewarding reading experience.