When a writer repeats words and phrases, they can break away form the usual way someone reads a word and make language have a different kind of emotional weight.
Unlike those classic tales written to interrupt moral panic, writing from the panicked perspective is a terrible narrative strategy. It isolates the reader or viewer from the characters and doesn’t allow for emotional engagement with the story.
Ke$ha (or, as The New York Times calls her, “Kesha”) released a commentary album on Spotify for her new album, Warrior; it’s approximately ten and a half minutes of Ke$ha talking and it’s fantastic.
Why don’t they just leave? What is keeping them inside? The answer in the best haunted house literature is, they don’t leave because they cannot.