Just like there is nyctophilia for the love of darkness, I was hoping for a word that can come close to summarizing love of nightmares and dark, macabre things.

Any clues?

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    Single word requests should provide an example sentence about the way the word will be used.
    – k1eran
    Sep 25, 2016 at 7:31

3 Answers 3




  • suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.: a morbid interest in death.

  • gruesome; grisly.

  • I'd suggest tossing in "macabre" as well. (+1, regardless)
    – The Nate
    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:19
  • This unfortunately is a "phobia/philia" type of question. However, I think you nailed it.
    – Stu W
    Mar 18, 2021 at 17:04

Goth (noun) Gothic (adj.)
a style of rock music derived from punk, typically with apocalyptic or mystical lyrics.

a member of a subculture favouring black clothing, white and black make-up, and goth music.
— Google's dictionary.

Wikipedia's Goth subculture article covers music, fashion, literature and more, e.g.

Gothic literature is a genre of fiction that combines romance and dark elements to produce mystery, suspense, terror, horror and the supernatural

  • I think it's safe to say that this is not apposite. Goth/Gothic involves a whole subculture, as pointed out in the definition which you cited. It is much more profound, involving and being based on other things than fondness of morbidness. I think Taxidiotis proposition is more fitting. Sep 25, 2016 at 7:24

Phobophilia, which literally translates to "love of fear," from phobo meaning fear and philia meaning love, would fit in nicely. A person who loves the disturbing and horrifying, then, may be known as a phobophile.

Exercising his phobophilia, Justin decided to help the Exorcist increase its box office take.

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