Creepy Atmospheres and Weird Narration in The OA

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This essay analyzes the production of a creepy atmosphere in The OA in order to broaden the conception of new weird fiction in any medium. Atmosphere is defined as a diffused form of affect that is difficult to pinpoint, yet remains foundational to the way weird fiction developed since Poe and Lovecraft. The OA's slow narration produces a languid creepiness that postpones narrative closure towards an unresolved future. This creeping narration also leads to an issue of narrative reliability and a status of diegetic reality, a major thematic issue in The OA. Finally, this essay shows how the creeping narration slowly shifts between different points of view that invite the nonhuman inside.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStudies in the Fantastic
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)95-115
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • narration
  • weird
  • weird cinema
  • genre
  • creepy
  • atmospheres

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