Following my recent post on an ugly plant, which was actually a very beautiful plant as suburbanlife remarked, above a photograph of some very frightening plants, the roots of which cover this entire temple in Cambodia and like the “ugly plant”, seem to be dripping like a fluid over the structure. Horticultural horror will be explored in greater depth in future at my wiki entry for metamorphosis.
I first came across horticultural horror in the stories of Stephen King but a quick search on “horticultural horror” at Google turns up many more examples. For example, The Garden of Adompha, a 1938 story by Clark Ashton Smith, tells of a king who maintains a gruesome garden sown with human limbs grafted onto plants.
- “A bare, leafless creeper was flowered with the ears of a delinquent guardsman…. Some of the salver-like blossoms bore palpitating hearts, and certain smaller blossoms were centered with eyes…”
Previously at Jahsonic: