Cover Photo: A still from Alex Garland's 2022 film MEN, featuring the actress Jessie Buckley standing outside of a remote cabin in the dark. She is wearing a nightgown and a worried expression.
Promotional still via DNA Films/A24

A Woman Walks Home Alone At Night

In a horror film, the sight of a woman alone fills us with dread. We expect terrible things to happen to her. But she also fills us with a sense of supernatural expectation.



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A Girl Walks Alone at Night

Heather O'Neill is a novelist and essayist. Her works include Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, and When We Lost Our Heads. She lives in Montreal.