Sam McKinniss, Wendy, 2016

In need of a suitably Halloweeny read? In a 2019 feature for Elephant, Alice Bucknell explored contemporary art’s enduring interest in horror through the lens of a group show at Sadie Coles in London, where she found that modern-day horror can take many forms. “Ambient aesthetics, existential terror, body politics and quasi-fictional narratives converge in a heady haunted cocktail that lets our demons out of the closet and into the white cube,” she writes, “[There] they can pose as our lover, best friend or mother—whatever they need to send us down the rabbit hole.” (Here, artist Sam McKinniss paints a truly terrifying scene from Kubrick’s The Shining, to chilling effect.)